Dr Leslie Mendoza Temple, chairman of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, presides over the board's public meeting to consider whether to expand Illinois' nascent medical marijuana program to include the treatment of additional diseases an
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
September 10, 2015

Rauner Rejects Additional Conditions for Med Marijuana, Panel Chair Criticizes

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a Senate bill he said would 'prematurely expand the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program' by adding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to qualifying conditions.  Illinois' Public Health Director rejected 10 more. The rulings frustrate a physician that recommended them.


US Senator Dick Durbin addresses a large crowd at the University of Illinois Tuesday.
(Jeff Bossert/WILL)
August 11, 2015

Durbin Addresses State Budget Stalemate, Embassy In Cuba

Addressing the state budget crisis, Durbin says leaders have yet to see the political crisis that comes with a government shutdown.  Illinois' senior U.S. senator was at the U of I Tuesday, calling for more funding for scientific and biomedical research.  


A storm hovers over an Illinois rural landscape on May 29, 2015. Extreme weather is likely to become more common in the Midwest under climate change conditions, according researchers and federal reports.
Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
July 21, 2015

GMOs, Monsanto And The Fight Against Climate Change

A Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of the USDA data found that Monsanto has been responsible for introducing 37 different genetically engineered seeds approved by the USDA. That number is about one-third of all USDA-approved GMOs. Most of those approved seeds have been for corn, soybean and cotton.


Governor Bruce Rauner at a press conference.
(Photo: Brian Mackey WUIS/Illinois Issues)
July 16, 2015

Illinois Issues: The Governor’s Money

In what appears to be a fundamentally new strategy in the use of campaign cash in Illinois, the state’s new Republican governor in May doled out $400,000 in a single day from his main campaign committee, giving to all 67 Republicans in both chambers of the legislature.


In this Jan. 9, 2015 file photo, Illinois lawmakers listen to Speaker of the House Michael Madigan in Springfield.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
July 08, 2015

Illinois House Moves Forward On Temporary Budget

Illinois House Democrats say they intend to pass a budget Thursday that would cover many state services through the month. But Governor Bruce Rauner would not say Wednesday if he would veto the plan.


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