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. …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Residents of our state will soon have the right to carry concealed weapons in public, but that doesn't mean safety is guaranteed.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) has proposed that Illinois keep its current tax hike of 5 percent to fund all five pension sectors indefinitely.
In 2011, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn increased state income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent. The increase was supposed to expire in 2014, but state Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) wants to keep that tax hike indefinitely - it's his solution for repaying the $97 billion owed to all five pension sectors in Illinois, the State Journal-Register reported. Under Lang's plan, state workers would be required to pay an additional 3 percentage points into their pensions and the minimum retirement age for full pension benefits would be 67-years-old, the Journal-Register stated. However, there are other proposals, but Lang is calling them "unconstitutional" because they would change cost-of-living benefits for retirees. "We need a pension plan that will not end …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn gave his fifth State of the State address on Wednesday afternoon. What do you think should be his top priorities over the next year? Tell us in the comments section.
Gov. Pat Quinn voiced his support for gay marriage in Illinois, a minimum wage hike and tougher gun laws during his State of the State speech Wednesday afternoon, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Associated Press has posted the full text from Quinn's State of the State speech. Here are some of the highlights: Quinn also spent much of his speech touting his accomplishments during his term as governor, such as cuts to Medicaid and ethics laws that have been passed, according to Crain's Chicago. Quinn has said he will run for re-election in 2014. If he does, he is expected to have an opponent in the March 2014 Democratic primary. Quinn has gotten low approval ratings in recent months. A Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Morton Grove Emergency Management Agency lets you know how to prepare.
Friday, January 27, 2012
More than 200 years ago, a series of major earthquakes struck the Mississippi River Valley along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Recent events remind us that damaging earthquakes can happen at any time. With more than 40 million people living and working in the region today, a major earthquake would cause widespread damage and disruption. The New Madrid Seismic Zone stretches 150 miles southwest from Cairo, Illinois through New Madrid, Missouri into Northeastern Arkansas, crossing through five states. Four of the largest earthquakes in U.S. history, with magnitudes estimated to be as high as 8.0, occurred within a three month period between Dec. 16, 1811 and Feb. 7, 1812. This event released enough stored energy that it was able to change the…
Monday, January 9, 2012
Governor Quinn signed landmark reform Jan. 5.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Governor Pat Quinn signed major public pension reform into law Thursday morning, The Chicago Tribune reports. The sweeping initiative goes into effect immediately, but could be challenged in court, according to the Tribune. Earlier: Check out Niles Patch's coverage of pension reform. As Quinn gets set to establish a task force to identify key changes, and implications circulate, we at Patch want to know what you think. Do you think the law will hold? Should it? What else needs to be done to rid Illinois' pension system of corruption? Tell us in the comments below, or share your thoughts on Facebook.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Governor signs law preventing lucrative public pension abuses.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
From a new murderer database to stricter seat-belt enforcement, here’s a look at some of the new legislation taking effect in the new year.
As the clock strikes midnight Jan. 1, more than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois, including a database of first-degree murderers, stricter seat-belt enforcement and legislation that gives the public greater access to government information. Here's a look at some of the new laws: Illinois residents and law enforcement agencies will be able to easily identify individuals convicted of first-degree murder with the establishment of a new public database. House Bill 263, better known as "Andrea's Law", will require all former first-degree murder convicts to be on a registry for 10 years following their release from prison. They will be placed on the existing Sex Offender Registry or the amended Murderer and Violent Offender Against …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Businessweek lists village as a top location for families.
The Village of Morton Grove was recently ranked as the third "Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids" by Businessweek. Criteria used for Businessweek’s rankings were based on several key factors, which Morton Grove exemplified, including high-performing schools, low crime and recreational outlets. “We were very pleased, I think it’s a wonderful distinction to have this honor,” said Morton Grove Village Board Trustee Maria Toth. “For me, personally, I’m close to 20 years being here as a resident. And we actually chose Morton Grove for a number of those reasons. We liked it, it was charming, the location was wonderful for us and the schools were really good.” Overall, 4,169 places were evaluated by Businessweek and Bloomberg Rankings. These …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
LeafQuest guide pinpoints amazing autumn scenery.
After a short drive through Morton Grove, it's no secret that fall is here. Halloween decorations fill front yards, pumpkins rest on doorsteps and trees display brightly colored leaves. Earlier: Best Leaf Peeping Spots Detailed in LeafQuest Mapquest has made finding the best fall scenery easy with their guide called LeafQuest. Naperville, Morton Arboretum in Lisle and two other towns in Illinois have been featured, which you can view here. But we want to know where your top locations in Morton Grove are for watching the leaves change and fall. Here are some local spots Patch has picked so far: Harrer Park Austin Park Central Avenue Mansfield Park Let us know where readers can find fall foliage on Facebook!