Illinois has become the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law Thursday at a new University of Chicago medical facility.
Illinois' law takes effect Jan. 1, but it'll take several months before medical marijuana will be available for purchase. The measure outlines a four-year pilot program for patients suffering from more than 30 serious illnesses or diseases.
Quinn says he's heard compelling stories from seriously ill patients - including veterans - and says medical marijuana will provide many people relief.
Gaming regulators in Missouri have approved Pinnacle Entertainment's $2.8 billion purchase of Ameristar Casinos, clearing one of the final hurdles in the acquisition.
The Missouri Gaming Commission voted 4-0 in favor of the deal Wednesday. Missouri was the last state to approve. The Federal Trade Commission must still give the go-ahead. Pinnacle spokeswoman Kerry Andersen says the company hopes to complete the transaction in August.
A bipartisan group of senators is pressing forward with a reporter shield bill that includes new Justice Department guidelines for investigations that involve the media.
The guidelines announced Friday would make it harder for prosecutors to obtain journalists’ phone records without advance notice. Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says the new bill will make it much more difficult for political appointees to stop reporters from doing their job.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead for St. Louis-based Laclede Gas to purchase Missouri Gas Energy.
Commission members placed a major condition on the purchase – Laclede Gas is barred from seeking a rate increase in its current service area until October of 2015. Laclede spokeswoman Jessica Willingham says, though, they would be allowed to seek an increase in the areas currently served by Missouri Gas once the purchase becomes official.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for Illinois governor next year.
In a Monday statement the Chicago Democrat says she's been considering the decision for months but that she enjoys her current job. She says she considered the gubernatorial run because of the "need for effective management" and frustration from others about a lack of movement on major issues.
Madigan hadn't given any hints about her decision, telling reporters earlier Monday that she was still thinking it over.