Lou Lang http://wuis.org en Credit Cards Could Be Off Limits For Medical Marijuana http://wuis.org/post/credit-cards-could-be-limits-medical-marijuana <p></p><p>People who buy medical marijuana in Illinois might find out it's cash-only. &nbsp;</p><p>Lawmakers approved using cannabis for medical conditions last summer. But the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports selling and using marijuana remain federal offenses, so it's unlikely pot dispensaries will be able to open a bank account or get a line of credit. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:52:16 +0000 Associated Press 17726 at http://wuis.org Credit Cards Could Be Off Limits For Medical Marijuana Lawmakers Say "No" To Further Video Gaming Restrictions http://wuis.org/post/lawmakers-say-no-further-video-gaming-restrictions <p>A state legislative committee has rejected rules aimed at tightening who sells contracts for video gambling terminals and who can do business with Illinois.</p><p>But Illinois Gaming Board chairman Aaron Jaffe&nbsp; says he'll try again. He said Wednesday that he'll bring the issue back to the panel or to the General Assembly this year.</p><p>The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules voted unanimously Tuesday to deny rules that would also create a list of businesses and individuals Illinois won't work with. It's similar to what the state does with casinos.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:52:09 +0000 Associated Press 17003 at http://wuis.org Lawmakers Say "No" To Further Video Gaming Restrictions Voices In The News 2013 http://wuis.org/post/voices-news-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we get ready to welcome 2014, we thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on some of the voices in the news this past year in Illinois state politics and government. People in the Capitol were busy with same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, and dozens of other issues. What follows are a few of the more memorable moments.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:43:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 16041 at http://wuis.org Voices In The News 2013 Old Union Pay Raises Still In Limbo http://wuis.org/post/old-union-pay-raises-still-limbo <p>Union workers are <a href="http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1160897559/Back-pay-for-union-state-workers-unresolved">still</a> fighting for raises they were owed starting in 2011, but have <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-state-workers-see-pay-raises-107781">never</a> been paid. A court has ruled in their favor, but the Illinois legislature is still debating whether to make good.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To finally settle the pay raise issue, lawmakers would have to come up with about $100 million.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:35:06 +0000 Brian Mackey 11849 at http://wuis.org Old Union Pay Raises Still In Limbo House Re-Authorizes Online Horse Betting http://wuis.org/post/house-re-authorizes-online-horse-betting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Internet gambling on horse racing would once again be legal in Illinois under legislation approved Sunday by the Illinois House of Representatives.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Online and telephone horse betting has been illegal in Illinois all year — a law authorizing it expired on Dec. 31. The practice, known as "advanced deposit wagering," was a $122 million business in Illinois last year.</span></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 00:22:55 +0000 Brian Mackey 3284 at http://wuis.org House Re-Authorizes Online Horse Betting