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Medical marijuana pay-to-play in Illinois; Trib rolls out 12 ideas for new Chicago plan

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Pay-to-play is common in Illinois. Ask anyone who remembers the Rod Blagojevich years. But while pay-to-play is generally synonymous with political contributions in return for government jobs or contracts, a new sort of pay-to-play has sprung up in Illinois: medical marijuana pay-to-play.

Admitting That Gun Control Doesn’t Work, DC Mayor Calls For More Gun Control

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Yesterday at a Navy Yard shooting memorial Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray made an impassioned speech about the need for more gun control, all the while providing proof that tough gun laws do nothing to reduce crime.

Dog Branded With Profanity Gets Cosmetic Surgery

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A pit-bull puppy named Felicity that was branded with the “f-word” by chemical burns had cosmetic surgery in Kentucky on Thursday to mask the scar.

Illinois judge rules police entitled to Swat raid over parody Twitter account

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The police hadn’t even come for him. When four fully-armed officers of a Swat team burst into Jacob Elliott’s house in Peoria, Illinois in April they were looking for the source of a parody Twitter feed that had upset the town’s mayor by poking fun at him.

LOCAL MAN ARRESTED IN PADUCAH PROSTITUTION STING

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A man who might’ve been misidentified in Kentucky—but whose Illinois friends recognized his booking mugshot—has been arrested as part of a prostitution sting in McCracken County.

Justice Department sides with 14-year-old girl raped while serving as ‘bait’ in middle school sting

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The federal government on Wednesday sided with the guardian of a teenage girl who was raped during a botched sting operation in the boy’s bathroom, arguing the Madison County School system was liable under federal law to investigate harassment and protect female students

MONSTROUS HUMAN BEING SETS GIRLFRIEND’S VAGINA ON FIRE, YELLS AT HER FOR CRYING

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Donald Dale Hackman Jr.’s girlfriend was sent to the hospital after what can only be described as a horrific bout of abuse, which included setting the woman’s genitals on fire.

Ferguson Mob Takes Over Gov’t Meeting; Threatens Mass Violence if ‘Cop Gets Off’ (Video)

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A mob of protesters disrupted speakers, threatened violence, and accused police of murder as the fallout from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., reignited and threatened to explode in the coming weeks.

August’s Illinois unemployment report spells good news for Quinn

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As November nears, the state’s unemployment reports become increasingly potent in the closely watched Illinois governor’s race, and are likely to provide the candidates with much-needed political ammunition — depending on the numbers.

Creating a fair campaign financing system in Illinois

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For years, voters and politicians alike have complained about the challenges of funding election campaigns. Even municipal campaigns in communities such as Oak Park require a substantial commitment of time and fundraising ability.

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