Friday, May 17, 2013
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A bill that has already passed the Illinois House could pave the way for limited prescriptions of pot.
Illinois lawmakers may be poised to enact one of the toughest medical marijuana laws in the nation after a Senate Committee moved a bill Wednesday allowing those with a limited list of illness to obtain a prescription for the drug. The bill has passed the Illinois House and Gov. Pat Quinn has said he is open to the proposal, reported the Chicago Tribune. The Senate Committee voted 10-5 even after law enforcement officials objected on the grounds that the bill does not include provisions for driving under the influence of marijuana, the Trib reported. The law would allow patients to obtain 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. Sixty pot dispensaries would be set up throughout the state. The bill is sponsored by former State’s Attorney …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Illinois House of Human Services Committee approved a measure to legalize the use of medical marijuana on Wednesday. The bill's sponsor, Lou Lang (D-Skokie) told Patch the measure would be the strictest in the nation
The Illinois House of Human Services Committee approved a measure to legalize the use of medical marijuana on Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports. The final vote came in at 11-4. The measure now moves to the Illinois House for deliberation. House member Lou Lang (D-Skokie) has been pushing the legalization of medical marijuana for years. Whenever asked about the possibility of Illinois becoming the nineteenth state to legalize the green leafy substance, Lang is always optimistic. "Nobody should fear the bill," Lang told Skokie Patch. "This is about quality of life for people. While the House of Human Services approved the measure, nothing is set in stone. “As the State Journal-Register notes, similar legislation failed in the General …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Clarendon Hills staff recommends that the village's zoning ordinance be amended so that firearm and ammunition sales can be limited to certain parts of the village and conditions for operation can be set.
Updated at 8:50 p.m. Clarendon Hills trustees opened discussion Monday night on amending the village’s zoning rules in order to regulate gun and ammo sales after one local commercial property owner recently expressed interest in selling such products. The village’s zoning ordinance currently does not address the sale of firearms and ammunition, and village staff recommends that a special use be required to sell the items and that the permits only be given out to businesses in certain parts of town. “It’s a use that our ordinance doesn’t address straightforward,” community development director Dan Ungerleider said to trustees Monday night. “I think we should be more direct in what we want and where we want it.” Village manager Randy …
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The award honors legislators whose work supports law enforcement efforts in the state.
Updated 2:40 p.m. State Representative Patricia Bellock (R-Hinsdale), has been named Legislator of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. "Sometimes legislation has a huge impact on law enforcement. Patti's not afraid to ask us before she votes on it and acts on it," said Hinsdale Police Chief Bradley Bloom. "She's a huge ally for us." Bloom said that Bellock hosts an annual meeting with area law enforcement to talk about relevant issues. He said one issue that law enforcement felt strongly about was medical marijuana. "We had a strong opinion that they should not allow the legalization of medical marijuana. We told her what our concerns were, and she supported that," said Bloom. Blooms said that Bellock actively …
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Illinois Statehouse News' Mary Massingale reports on civil union legislation passing the House, while medical marijuana came up short on votes (but could be back) and death penalty is on hold.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
UPDATE: The Illinois State Senate passed a bill intended to make civil unions legal in the state. The bill now is in the hands of Gov. Pat Quinn, who had previously said he would sign the bill into law. The bill passed with a vote of 32 in favor and 24 against. SPRINGFIELD — Civil unions gained a strong foothold in Illinois on Tuesday, as House lawmakers narrowly approved the measure granting spousal legal rights to same-sex couples. The measure was one of a trifecta of so-called liberal social issues that resonated throughout the House during the day, as a proposal to legalize marijuana for medical purposes was defeated before it was pulled for later consideration, and an initiative to abolish the death penalty narrowly passed a …