House sends Tobacco 21 measure to governor’s desk

Illinois News Network May 30, 2018   Legislation to raise the purchasing age of tobacco products including cigarettes to 21 in Illinois passed the Illinois House Wednesday and now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature or a veto. The House approved the Tobacco 21 initiative on a largely party line vote, 61-49, on…

Marijuana, Opioids Rival Alcohol As Factors in Traffic Fatalities

Marijuana, Opioids Rival Alcohol As Factors in Traffic Fatalities Source: Forbes Greg Gardner May 31, 2018 Marijuana, opioids and non-alcoholic drugs are more likely to be found in drivers killed in vehicular crashes than alcohol, according to a new study released Thursday by the Governors Highway Safety Association. The study, titled “Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and…

Gambling Expansion Bill Busts At Illinois Statehouse

Legislation allowing a major expansion of gambling in Illinois failed on Monday. It’s something lawmakers have been working on for years, as an effort to raise money for state and local governments. The plan was to open six new riverboat casinos in Chicago, parts of the suburbs, Rockford, and Danville. It also would have expanded horse racing,…

ARE LOCAL BREWERIES KILLING LOCAL BARS?

Have you been to Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood lately, where it seems there’s a brewery on every corner? On Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoons, weekday happy hours, and just about any other time of any other day, the brewer taprooms are bustling. Down the street at the local bar, well, I have no idea what’s happening at the local bar,…

Gambling expansion revived in Illinois House but stalls in committee

Gambling expansion revived in Illinois House but stalls in committee Illinois State Capitol building. File/The State Journal-Register By Doug Finke State Capitol Bureau   Posted May 28, 2018 at 4:03 PM Updated May 28, 2018 at 6:07 PM   A massive gambling expansion bill stalled in a House committee Monday further clouding chances the bill can win approval before Thursday’s scheduled adjournment. The lead sponsor of…

Local 710 Reaches Tentative Agreement with Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits

Teamsters Endorse Strong Contract, Secure Greatly Improved Benefits Posted on May 21, 2018 in Local News BOLINGBROOK, IL | The Teamsters Local 710 Bargaining Committee successfully secured a tentative agreement with Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits today after a fast-paced bargaining session. “This entire committee was a force to be reckoned with,” said Mike Cales, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local…