On 4/20, Chuck Schumer To Introduce Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana

Politics isn't always red or blue. Lately, it has been green. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America. Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes. It...

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Facebook on Wednesday announced it is introducing "new privacy experiences" aimed at complying with European Union regulations that will give users worldwide a chance to opt out of some features that could expose their personal data.

"Everyone – no matter where they live – will be asked to review important information about how Facebook uses data and make choices about their privacy on Facebook," said Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer and Ashlie Beringer, deputy general counsel.

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A gay Illinois teacher has sparked debate after explaining to his students he received flowers from his husband and encouraging them to be respectful and tolerant.

Prairie View Grade School music teacher Nathan Etter, 30, received the flowers on Valentine's Day, the Daily Herald reported . He said he spent about 30 seconds on the topic of acceptance after some of his first-grade students negatively reacted to him having a husband.

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Some of the motions filed in the case of a Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald that have been kept secret may soon become public. 

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that on Wednesday, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan ordered Officer Jason Van Dyke's attorneys  and prosecutors to prepare objections to the release of any of the filings before deciding which ones should be made public.

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The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a teenager shot by a police officer under questionable circumstances.

 

The August 2015 shooting that left Jaquise Evans seriously injured became even more controversial when U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in January accused city attorneys of withholding evidence during a trial.

A dozen department stores across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin -- including the Bergners store at CherryVale -- may be closing soon following a federal bankruptcy auction held Tuesday.

A group of lienholders and two capital finance firms proffered the winning bid for the assets of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., which operates roughly 250 stores under the names in 23 states in the Midwest, upper Great Plains, and the Northeast.

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Lawmakers are urging the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to be more transparent with the public.

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, said in a press conference Tuesday the agency withheld reports on incidents of child abuse over the last few months. She says the agency took down the data from its website last July — a first after 35 years. “I’m certainly hoping this isn’t secrecy and trying to shroud facts about what’s going on with children," she said. 

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Maile Pearl Bowlsbey is just over a week old and already is helping force more change in the Senate than most seasoned lawmakers can even dream. On Thursday she joined her mother, Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, on the Senate floor for a vote.

The newborn's appearance was made possible by a unanimous decision by the Senate on Wednesday evening to change its rules, which typically allow only senators and a handful of staff into the Senate chamber during votes. Now, lawmakers can bring along children under 1.

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A strike by union clerical workers at Northern Illinois University has been averted. 

The university and negotiators for AFSCME Local 1890 reached a tentative contract agreement Monday night, after more than two years of talks. The agreement needs approval by the union membership and the NIU Board of Trustees.

Details are not being released until both sides finalize their draft proposal, which could happen next Monday. The union's strike education sessions scheduled to begin Thursday have been canceled.

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Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, according to a family spokesman.

A statement issued on Sunday by the office of former President George H.W. Bush said that Bush had elected to receive "comfort care" over additional medical treatment after a series of hospitalizations.

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A 71-year-old central Illinois woman faces federal charges accusing her of possessing and intending to distribute synthetic marijuana.

Federal prosecutors say Letha Dean is the eighth defendant charged in a task force investigation of synthetic marijuana distribution in central Illinois. The Salisbury woman appeared before a Springfield federal judge Monday and waived a preliminary hearing.

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At schools across the country today, students are getting up from their desks and walking out when the clock strikes 10 a.m. They're participating in the National School Walkout, part of the movement that has taken hold among students to call for action to end gun violence.

Today marks 19 years since the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in which two high school students shot and killed thirteen people.

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