Marijuana http://peoriapublicradio.org en Lawmaker wants to lessen low-level crime penalties http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmaker-wants-lessen-low-level-crime-penalties <div>An Illinois lawmaker wants to reduce penalties for lower-level crimes, in exchange for increasing penalties on more serious offenses. The move could lower costs and ease the burden on the state's overcrowded prisons.</div><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:14:07 +0000 Brian Mackey 19543 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmaker wants to lessen low-level crime penalties IL House passes medical marijuana bill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-passes-medical-marijuana-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House of Representatives approved the medical use of marijuana Wednesday. It's a milestone marking the first time the House has passed the legislation after years of failed attempts. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The proposal has been introduced year after year, each time a little different to try to win majority support.</span></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:35:54 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 4159 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL House passes medical marijuana bill State House to vote on Medical Marijuana http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-house-vote-medical-marijuana <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 2; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><div>The sponsor of a plan that would legalize medical marijuana in Illinois says a vote in the House could come as soon as this week. Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, says he expects to call the measure next week at the latest.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 2;">“It's not about people getting high. It's about making sure a 75-year old colon cancer patient who is terminal has an opportunity to live out her remaining years with a quality of life,” Lang says.</span></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 23:40:29 +0000 Deborah Oldenkamp 3739 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State House to vote on Medical Marijuana