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Concern and Anxiety over Medical Marijuana Law

Officials like Kendall County Assistant State's Attorney Nemura Pencyla are expressing apprehension regarding the opening of 60 medical marijuana dispensaries throughout Illinois. Pencyla believes that legal consumption of marijuana is directly connected to an increase in crime in his observation of crime statistics in states with similar medical marijuana laws.

End of the Road for Redflex in Chicago

Former Redflex Traffic Systems CEO Karen Finley was indicted August 13 th 2014 on nine counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, three counts of bribery, and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. Finley along with former city official John Bills were accused of using the traffic camera business to bribe the city between 2002 and 2012. The program has brought almost $500 million to Chicago where it operated thanks to traffic tickets which had been suspected of not functioning properly.

New Law May Allow Drivers to Keep License After Traffic Stop

In the past, a police officer could hold on to your driver's license, even after minor traffic stops, until the case is resolved. This is set to change once Gov. Pat Quinn signs a new measure which would allow those pulled over for minor stops to hold on to their licenses. This allows them more ease when seeking to cash a check or perform anything which requires identification. It also cuts back on further complications, expenses, and other challenges that license collections brought.

State Attorney Pushes for Court Program Funding Despite Budget Cuts

While Kane County State Attorney Joe McMahon is cutting costs ahead of his planned budget process, he is still pushing for more funds for certain programs. He believes that programs dealing with defendants with mental health issues have been effective so far and need more support.

Banks Fumble Over Illinois' Concealed Carry Law

On July 9, 2013, after a protracted battle, Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow citizens to carry firearms in public. Before the 2013 legislative session, legislators from both parties presented, but failed to pass a concealed carry law - making Illinois the only state that had a complete ban on concealed weapons.

Medical Marijuana Rules to Take Effect Soon

Illinois legislation has taken effort to create the toughest medical marijuana laws in the nation. The law allowing the use of medical cannabis was signed by the governor in 2013 and took effect on January 1st, but actual implementation of the program has yet to take place. This is largely due to the fact that until recently, the rules have been under work by four different government agencies.

ISRA Challenges Firearms Purchase Ordinance in Peoria

An ordinance in Peoria requires anyone purchasing a concealable firearm to submit a certificate, including their right thumbprint and signature, to the police department. This certificate must be completed within 24 hours, and it includes many questions that are also present in the mandatory background check.