Illinois to legalize sports betting, add casinos

By Bob Bong and Joe Boyle The gaming landscape in the south and southwest suburbs will be changing dramatically now that the Legislature has approved a massive gambling expansion bill. One of the biggest changes in Senate Bill 690 is the ability to bet on sports, including the Bears, Cubs, Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks. College…

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Illinois becomes 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana

By Bob Bong Illinois lawmakers not only voted to legalize recreational marijuana over the weekend they also voted to permanently legalize medical marijuana. The Illinois House easily approved recreational marijuana last Friday 66-47 after the Senate passed it earlier in the week on a 38-17 vote. Illinois will become the 11th state to allow recreational…

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The honeymoon won’t last, Mayor Lightfoot

By Ray Hanania In Russia or China, where justice is less about law and more about politics and tyranny, those accused of crimes are denied the right to defend themselves. They are punished. But in America, people are innocent until proven guilty. That’s why I served during the Vietnam War, why my father and uncle…

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General Assembly ends wild session with bill blitz

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By Bob Bong Talk about a wild weekend, the Illinois General Assembly finished a whirlwind session by passing a bevy of laws that will have a huge impact on the Southwest Side and the southwest suburbs for years to come. Gov. JB Pritzker was the big winner, getting just about everything he said he wanted…

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In JB’s world, the average schlep will pay

By Ray Hanania Ê In the last gubernatorial race, we allowed money to blind us. JB Pritzker bought the election because he spent the most on it. JB, as he likes to be called, spent nearly $200 million of his own personal wealth to win an office that only pays $177.412 a year in salary.…

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