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Jon Loevy and his partners have pledged to give away at least half of their earnings from a proposed marijuana farm to educational initiatives throughout the state. | File photo

Would-be marijuana farmers pledge half of earnings to education

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner speaks with reporters at the state Capitol in Springfield on Nov. 20, 2014. After meeting with Rauner's budget transition team, the head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public universities, suggesting schools need to prepare for state funding cuts over the next 18 months. | Seth Perlman/AP

Educators up in arms over Rauner's question on budget cuts

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, whose election rhetoric pledged to enhance education statewide, has educators up in arms after news broke this week that he asked the Illinois Board of Higher Education to tell public universities to be ready to present a plan to trim 20 percent from their next budgets to offset revenue that would be lost if the temporary state income tax increase is lowered Jan. 1.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez greets Gov. Pat Quinn at a news conference in June. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media

Gutierrez: Obama's immigration delay cost Pat Quinn votes

President Barack Obama’s decision to delay an executive order on immigration until after the November election “ended up hurting” Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election efforts, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez told Early & Often. Gutierrez made the comments the same week that Obama traveled to Chicago to celebrate that order, which shields some 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

 
Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner thanks the volunteers at the Thanksgiving Food Blessing at New Beginnings Church on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Charity event looks like turkey tokenism

During the holiday season, a lot of churches will hand out turkeys along with grocery bags filled with ingredients needed to make a festive dinner. Churches that opt to serve hot meals also are ensuring that people who do not have a place at their own family’s table won’t have to spend the holiday alone. But this compassionate act can smack of tokenism when politicians get involved.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. | M. Spencer Green/AP

Lisa Madigan appeals ruling that KO'd pension law

Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday asked the state’s top court to reverse a lower court’s ruling that the 2013 pension reform bill is unconstitutional.

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State: Doctor fined for offering 'pre-approval' for medical pot

 A doctor was fined and placed on “indefinite probation” after being accused of offering potential medical marijuana patients “pre-certification” to obtain the new medicinal product,  state officials said Wednesday.
 

Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.