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Billy Corgan talks new music, new book and PAWS

highlandpark.suntimes.com — Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan is a busy man. Not only is he recording two new Pumpkins records, but he's also a quarter of the way through a sprawling spiritual memoir and gearing up to release a cycle of songs inspired by Chicago.

Proposal to deny firearms ID cards to medical pot users is nixed

politics.suntimes.com — Illinois officials had considered barring medical marijuana users from obtaining a state Firearm Owner's Identification card. But the proposed rule was trimmed from the final list of proposed rules that is due to be filed later this week. There's still a public-comment period before the rules officially can take effect.
RT @Suntimes: A proposal to deny firearm ID cards to Illinois' medical marijuana patients has been nixed sun-tim.es/1meLBue
RT @weeddude: Proposal to deny firearms ID cards to medical pot users is nixed in Illinois, @Suntimes reports politics.suntimes.com/article/spring…
Proposal to deny firearms ID cards to medical pot users is nixed in Illinois, @Suntimes reports politics.suntimes.com/article/spring…
Update on FOID cards for Rx marijuana users, though there's not much clarity yet. politics.suntimes.com/article/spring…

Democrats say schools lose $450 million if tax rate rolled back

politics.suntimes.com — Illinois school districts would lose more than $450 million in general state aid funding next fiscal year, according to data released by Senate President John Cullerton's office Wednesday, if a hike in the state income tax rate is not made permanent. Chicago Public Schools would lose almost $174 million, according to the data.

Slow Preckwinkle fundraising makes mayoral bid seem unlikely

politics.suntimes.com — Mayor Rahm Emanuel's camp is more convinced than ever that Toni Preckwinkle is not planning to run for mayor after perusing the Cook County Board president's latest campaign financing report.

Kirk will campaign for Oberweis in Senate race

politics.suntimes.com — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he'll now campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, weeks after saying he wouldn't actively campaign for the dairy magnate.

Why Kirk is now campaigning for Oberweis for U.S. Senate seat

politics.suntimes.com — After distancing himself from GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis last month - and saying he wanted to "preserve" his relationship with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and not engage in a "partisan jihad" - Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., in a switch said Wednesday he will campaign for Oberweis.

Overlooked Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees gets chance to impress Bears

Police warn of violent robberies in West Town

Alexei Ramirez ties Frank Thomas’ White Sox-record hitting streak

RT @suntimes_sports: Alexei Ramirez ties Frank Thomas’ #WhiteSox-record 15-game hitting streak to start season, @CST_soxvan reports: http:/…

Overlooked Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees gets chance to impress Bears Friday

The #Bears' local pro day is on Friday. Jordan Lynch will take part. And so will ND's Tommy Rees. My story on Rees: suntimes.com/sports/footbal…

Officials nix proposed rule barring medical pot users from getting gun ID cards

suntimes.com — BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter State officials had considered barring people who used medical marijuana from obtaining a Firearms Owner ID card. But in rules that will be officially filed for review later this week, that provision has been removed.

‘Transcendence’: Johnny Depp in a bold, beautiful flight of futuristic speculation

suntimes.com — By RICHARD ROEPER Movie Columnist Will Caster (Johnny Depp), science's reigning rock star, commands every room he enters in "Transcendence." | Warner Bros. Updated: "By mid-century, it could become commonplace to interact with computers directly with the mind. ... We may simply give mental commands and our wishes will be silently carried out by tiny chips hidden in the environment."
RT @CSTMovies: Bold, beautiful, sometimes baffling, #Transcendence a stunning piece of work. ★★★★ @richardroeper review http://t.co/CWiXMBv…

Even casual marijuana use can alter the brain, new study shows

suntimes.com — BY HANNAH LUTZ A new study, co-authored by a Northwestern University professor, has found that even occasional marijuana use can change the parts of the brain that affect emotion and decision-making. | Associated Press Photo Smoking marijuana even just a few times a week may change your brain, according to a study co-authored by a Northwestern University professor.
More pot news from @hm_lutz: Smoking marijuana even just a few times a week may change your brain a new study finds suntimes.com/news/metro/268…

Quinn's war chest swells to nearly $9 million as Rauner recovers

politics.suntimes.com — Thanks to an easy primary, Gov. Pat Quinn holds a huge fund-raising advantage over Bruce Rauner as the two head into the general election.

Two Cook County employees get prison for bribery scheme

politics.suntimes.com — Two Cook County employees who took bribes to lower property tax bills were sentenced Wednesday to two years and 18 months behind bars respectively.
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