As the spring session nears its end, state lawmakers are expected to work beyond their Friday deadline and debate big legislative items, including the state budget, an expanded gambling bill and a multibillion-dollar capital infrastructure bill. On Friday, the House passed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana – it now heads to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who’s expected to sign the measure into law.
In Chicago, longtime Ald. Ed Burke is indicted by federal authorities on expanded corruption charges, including racketeering, bribery and conspiracy to commit extortion.
In sports, Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora’s errant foul ball against the Houston Astros on Wednesday strikes a young child, sending the player into tears and revitalizing a debate about putting nets around Major League Baseball fields.
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