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February 08, 2019

Illinois Issues: Tobacco 21 Plan - Puffed Up or Plausible?

For decades, public health advocates have pushed for limits on smoking. They've included warning labels on products to limits on where someone can light up, all of which have helped bring down smoking rates. But in Illinois, a push to raise the smoking age has repeatedly failed to become law. We took a look at this year's push, and what chance it has at becoming law.


State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, is the chief sponsor of the minimum wage increase proposal.

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January 31, 2019

$15 Minimum Wage Talks Begin In Springfield

Illinois lawmakers are moving quickly to draft a plan for a minimum wage increase. But, there are competing ideas on how to approach it. 


Republican political operative Roger Stone has been charged in connection with the Russian attack on the 2016 election.

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January 25, 2019

Trump Confidant Roger Stone Indicted On 7 Counts Related To 2016 Election Attack

Roger Stone, the longtime Republican political operator and confidant of President Trump, has been arrested in Florida after being indicted on seven counts including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements in connection with the Russian attack on the 2016 election.


J.B. Pritzker speaks with campaign supporters in Springfield in this 2017 file photo.

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January 23, 2019

Governor Pritzker’s Stance On Marijuana; Beating The Winter Blues; Rusty Patch Bumblebees

On The 21st: When it comes to legalizing recreational marijuana, Governor JB Pritzker has made his stance pretty clear, but the legalization process can be complicated. We answer your questions about what Illinois might do about this. Plus, we have some tips for warding off the winter blues. Also, it’s gotten so bad for one particular endangered bee species that the NRDC is suing the federal government.


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