An Illinois House panel has endorsed a proposal expanding the use of medical marijuana to fight the state's opioid crisis.

Police say a teenager used a 9mm semi-automatic rifle in firing shots at a northern Illinois high school before he was stopped by a school resource officer.

Illinois lawmakers are weighing legislation to prevent synthetic marijuana manufacturers from dodging laws banning the substance.

An Illinois Senate bill that would expand the use of medical marijuana in order to combat the state's opioid crisis has been referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Peoria Health Department are issuing warnings about synthetic cannabinoids after multiple people who've used them suffered severe bleeding.

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Illinois Democratic candidates for governor say it's time for the state to legalize recreational marijuana, while Republican candidates oppose the idea.


All six Democratic candidates for the March 20 primary favor legalization in some form. They say the move will bring needed revenue into the state and fight what they see as racial disparities in arrests and sentencing.


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cited a racial disparity in enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana as the reason she now favors legalization of the drug.

Illinois could see changes this year that expand access to medical marijuana, as operators say the number of patients allowed to buy the drug is too low to recoup investments.

Carol Stream Police to Begin Roadside Drug Tests

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Police in northwestern Illinois will soon try out new tests meant to quickly detect if drivers have drugs in their systems. Carol Stream police will begin testing drivers in February for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines and opiates like heroin. The test is designed to be quick and portable. Officers will use mouth swabs. A mobile device will then test the swab and give officers measurements for amounts of drugs present.


Law enforcement officials and drug-policy experts have differing takes on whether Illinois should legalize general use of marijuana. 

Lawmakers Debate Marijuana Legalization

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Some lawmakers say legalizing recreational marijuana should be on the horizon for Illinois, but they admit there are still details to work out.

Peoria Revises Penalties for Cannabis Possession

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There was wide opinion among Peoria City Council members Tues., regarding penalties for possession of marijuana.

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The head of Colorado's Department of Revenue has spoken to a panel of Illinois lawmakers considering a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state.  The department executive director, Barbara Brohl, told Illinois lawmakers that she believes the legal market for marijuana is eating into the black market, funding drug abuse treatment and prevention, and providing a safer product.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois state lawmakers are considering a proposal that could make Illinois the first state in the Midwest and the ninth nationally to legalize recreational pot.

Legalizing recreational marijuana could be one way Illinois tries to chip away at its deficit.  The idea is being floated around Springfield.  Democratic State Representative Kelly Cassidy and Senator Heather Steans are pushing to legalize recreational marijuana.

Police say they seized nearly 130 explosives from a home in Normal Illinois.  McLean County Assistant State's Attorney Emily Young says police found 128 explosives devices each containing about a half-ounce of dynamite or explosive powder in the home of 32-year-old Gilbert Wilson.

Medical Marijuana in West Central Illinois

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Adam Colgan remembers the exact date he first tried snowboarding.  "January 22nd, 2011," he said, adding nothing about that day's fun in the snow seemed unusual at the time.


"I fell on my ass, which is totally normal and completely fine."

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Medical marijuana sales reached more than $4.4 million-dollars in November at licensed dispensaries throughout Illinois, marking another month of steady growth for the year-old industry.  The state released new sales figures for November along with a new tally for how many patients qualify to buy marijuana legally. 

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The Illinois Supreme Court says it has created new rules to deal with a new state law that decriminalizes possessing small amounts of marijuana.  Under the new law possessing up to 10 grams of marijuana is punishable by a fine of $100 to $200.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that makes marijuana possession in small amounts punishable only with fines and no jail time.
The governor's office announced that Rauner signed the legislation Friday.
The new law means possessing 10 grams or less of marijuana will be punishable with a fine of up to $200. The governor's signature makes Illinois the 17th state to treat possession of marijuana in small amounts as a civil offense rather than a criminal one.
The legislation also sets a standard for what's considered too high to drive.


CHICAGO (AP) - A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says the Illinois medical marijuana program's director has resigned.

Spokeswoman Catherine Kelly tells The Associated Press the administration has accepted the resignation of Joseph Wright, who was in the position for just over one year. She says the governor's office "will have no further comment."

 Wright will be replaced by Jack Campbell, the program's bureau chief in the Department of Agriculture. 

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is open to decriminalizing marijuana.

Rauner has a goal of reforming the criminal justice system. One way to do that, advocates say: issuing civil penalties for low-level drug charges.

The Illinois medical marijuana industry saw $2.2 million in retail sales during April, the largest one-month figure yet.  Program director Joseph Wright says the program now includes 36 dispensaries and 6,200 qualified patients.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are again trying to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana but face strong opposition from law enforcement and anti-pot advocates.

The omnibus bill in the Senate also would set a standard for what's considered too high to drive. 

 Opponents of the legislation say there should be zero tolerance for using marijuana and driving and that decriminalizing pot sends the wrong message to youth.  

The bill would make possessing 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense punishable by fines of up to $200. 

Illinois lawmakers are considering a proposal that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.  Instead, people caught with 10 grams or less of cannabis would pay a maximum fine of 200 dollars.  

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CHICAGO (AP) - A market research company is growing pessimistic about Illinois medical marijuana, telling investors that retail sales could reach just $15.6 million in 2016.

California-based ArcView Market Research released its projections Monday exclusively to The Associated Press. The estimate comes from the company's annual guide to legal marijuana markets, co-published with New Frontier.

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MUNDELEIN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois will begin its first medical marijuana sales within the next two weeks and public sentiment ranges from cautious to elated.

State officials said Thursday that required ID cards are being mailed this week to 3,200 approved patients. Lab testing of legally grown marijuana has started. A half-dozen retail shops are licensed and ready.

 It will be a big moment for the 2-year-old pilot program. Patients will finally get a chance to buy a drug legally that some admit they now purchase on the black market.

Northern Illinois University Police concluded their investigation into the death of Oluwarotimi "Timi" Okedina, who died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, after falling from a window in the Stevenson Towers residence hall complex.

CHICAGO (AP) - Marijuana use among U.S. adults doubled over a decade. That's according to government surveys showing that almost 10 percent of adults use the drug, or more than 22 million people.

Most of that is recreational use. 

The researchers say the trend reflects a cultural shift and increasingly permissive views about the drug. Recreational use is now legal in four states.

Almost 1 in 3 users had signs of marijuana dependence or abuse. That's a slight decline from a decade ago.

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CHICAGO  - Another important element is falling into place for Illinoisans to begin using medical marijuana: A University of Illinois at Chicago lab has obtained state approval to do safety and potency testing.