The Columbia Chronicle

Proposed LGBT history bill triggers controversy

Proposed LGBT history bill triggers controversy

By Blaise Mesa

April 22, 2018

Elementary school students could soon learn about LGBT history if legislation to incorporate the subject into public school classes is approved. Introduced Feb. 16 by state Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chi...

Decriminalization may be road to legalization in Illinois

Decriminalization may be road to legalization in Illinois

By Savannah Eadens

February 19, 2018

Chicago police made fewer than 3,200 marijuana-related arrests in 2017—the lowest number since 1968, according to an analysis of Chicago Police Department data. While Illinois has made steady progr...

Travel writer Rick Steves joins push for recreational marijuana in Illinois

State Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, promoted her legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, Nov. 28, at the James R. Thompson Center.

By Eric Bradach

November 30, 2017

Illinois has a golden opportunity to increase public safety, public health and tax revenue and also end a racist policy by disbanding “Reefer Madness” talking points and legalizing adult recreationa...

The largest National Restaurant Association Show hits the McCormick Place

May 27, 2017

The 98th annual National Restaurant Association Show was back in Chicago on May 20-23 at the McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Drive to serve up tasty dishes, fresh drinks and display the newest technology in...

State Sen. Heather Steans (left) and State Rep. Kelly  Cassidy (right) authored legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois.

Illinois lawmakers say recreational weed could fix state budget

April 24, 2017

With no solution in sight for the state’s budget crisis, some Illinois lawmakers are advocating for  regulating and taxing recreational marijuana to help fund devastated state-funded programs, inclu...

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