Will Guzzardi standing at a podium at the state capitol.

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News Local/State - May 27, 2016

Illinois Legislature Approves Eliminating Tampon Tax

The Illinois House passed a measure Thursday to removes sales tax on feminine hygiene products sold in the state.  The measure now goes to Governor Bruce Rauner.

Sylvia, a Champaign resident, uses a medical cannabis vaporizer pen to treat Multiple Sclerosis.

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News Local/State - May 26, 2016

Where Illinois’ Medical Marijuana Program Stands

The pilot program currently has about 6,000 patients, not close to what advocates were hoping for at this point.  They say there are number of reasons behind that - including the application process, and the state's failure to expand the list of qualifying conditions.  Without legislative action, it will expire in January 2018. 

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News Local/State - May 26, 2016

House Democrats Defy Governor, Push Own Budget

A potential new state budget barely passed the Illinois House Wednesday night,  but Governor Bruce Rauner is already signaling a veto.

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan reaches out to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

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News Local/State - May 25, 2016

Illinois House Speaker Writing Own Budget, Defying Governor

An attempt to reach a deal on Governor Bruce Rauner's pro-business, anti-labor demands isn't working out for House Democrats, who are set to go it alone on a new state budget.  House Speaker Michael Madigan says he told the Republican governor during a meeting Wednesday "he's not being real persuasive'' in negotiations that he's established with various groups of lawmakers. The measure passed later Wednesday, as House Republicans howled in protest.

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