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Reporter — Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune reporter, covering the spectacle that is Illinois state government

Illinois medical marijuana licenses delayed despite application rankings

redeyechicago.com — Medical marijuana licensing in Illinois will undergo a legal review that critics fear will further delay the process of getting the drug to patients. Internal documents suggested that the former administration of Gov. Pat Quinn evaluated and ranked the license applications and prepared a press release to announce the winners, but for unexplained reasons never made the announcement before leaving office.

Illinois medical marijuana licenses delayed despite application rankings

chicagotribune.com — Medical marijuana licensing in Illinois will undergo a legal review that critics fear will further delay the process of getting the drug to patients. Internal documents suggested that the former administration of Gov. Pat Quinn evaluated and ranked the license applications and prepared a press release to announce the winners, but for unexplained reasons never made the announcement before leaving office.

Rauner keeps human rights chief under Blagojevich, Quinn

chicagotribune.com — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner announced late Friday that he would keep Rocco Claps, the first openly gay state agency director, as head of the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Claps was first appointed to the post in 2003 under now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and remained in the position under Democratic Gov.

Rauner keeps human rights chief under Blagojevich, Quinn

chicagotribune.com — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner announced late Friday that he would keep Rocco Claps, the first openly gay state agency director, as head of the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Claps was first appointed to the post in 2003 under now imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and remained in the position under Democratic Gov.

Gov. Bruce Rauner still talking about Illinois problems, not solutions

chicagotribune.com — Gov. Bruce Rauner assumed the role of professor Thursday, delivering a 40-minute slideshow to business students in which he continued to paint a gloomy picture of a state "in mass deterioration" while promising his solutions will come soon.

Bruce Rauner not injured in Loop car crash

redeyechicago.com — New Gov. Bruce Rauner was involved in a Loop car crash Wednesday morning while being driven to his Thompson Center office, but State Police said he was not injured. The governor was traveling in a routine state police motorcade from his downtown home to the state office building when the accident occurred, officials said.

Bruce Rauner not injured in Loop car crash

chicagotribune.com — New Gov. Bruce Rauner was involved in a Loop car crash Wednesday morning while being driven to his Thompson Center office, but State Police said he was not injured. The governor was traveling in a routine state police motorcade from his downtown home to the state office building when the accident occurred, officials said.

Treasurer Frerichs won't release Rutherford report

chicagotribune.com — New Democratic Treasurer Mike Frerichs on Tuesday declined to make public a taxpayer-funded report commissioned by Republican predecessor Dan Rutherford, who ordered an internal investigation after he was accused of sexual harassment and political pressure by a former employee nearly a year ago.

Bruce Rauner keeps blame game campaign theme in office

chicagotribune.com — Only hours after he was sworn in, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner demonstrated that his blame-the-past campaign theme didn't end Nov. 4 but will be the dominant early message as he settles in as Illinois' chief executive.

Bruce Rauner overturns Pat Quinn's last-minute moves

chicagotribune.com — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has pulled the plug on Democratic predecessor Pat Quinn ’s attempt to raise the minimum wage for state contractors, require the governor to release more details about his tax returns and stop Illinois State Police from detaining people based on their immigration status.
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Jan 27, 2015

Follow @ReporterHal for updates from mayoral candidates before the Trib Ed Board today.

Jan 27, 2015

RT @Trib_ed_board: 10 a.m. TODAY: We meet with Chicago's mayoral candidates. You can watch the debate live here: bit.ly/1CJWAoW pic.twitter.com/d1kTEIu0g7

Jan 26, 2015

Groan. @kimgeiger: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to start state-run news outlet with "stories" written by gov't PR ppl indy.st/1C8RuUd

Jan 26, 2015

RT @whitneydawn: Watch the Tribune's mayoral debate live Tuesday at 10 a.m. trib.in/1JOA4vb

Jan 26, 2015

Should say this is second time Sanchez will chair board. Gov. Quinn appointed him before, though Sanchez backed Rauner over his fellow Dem.

Jan 26, 2015

Gov. Rauner boots Emil Jones as chair of Sports Facilities Board, which oversees the Cell. Names Manny Sanchez chair, his time holding post.

Jan 25, 2015

What's to come in Illinois?: Some Republican governors buck party line on raising taxes seattletimes.com/html/nationwor…

Jan 24, 2015

RT @briancassella: This is wonderful. The unforgettable day Ernie Banks came to Tribune to see his photo archives fw.to/6bXJ3Rh pic.twitter.com/Ggx4ajy3p2

Jan 23, 2015

From @kimgeiger --- Rauner: State will 'pay what we need to' for top talent fw.to/MGkOcGF

Jan 23, 2015

Public service announcement: they're handing out free bottles of chocolate milk in front of the Thompson Center.

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