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Question of the day

Friday, Feb 28, 2014

* From Gatehouse Media

Cold and allergy medicines containing a key ingredient used to make methamphetamine would become available by prescription only under newly introduced legislation intended to thwart production of the illicit stimulant.

State Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, has introduced a measure that would make pseudoephedrine a schedule III controlled substance in a joint effort with police to curb meth labs.

Senate Bill 3502, which would amend the Illinois Controlled Substances Act to include ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, has been referred to the Assignments Committee.

“We think it’s going to be a game changer in Illinois for meth,” Pekin police Chief Greg Nelson said Wednesday at a meeting for the Peoria Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group (P-MEG) policy board. “Pseudoephedrine is the only required ingredient to make meth.”

Right now, in order to buy pseudoephedrine customers have to give their names and records have to be kept. The products are also not displayed on public shelves, but kept behind the counter.

* The Question: Should the availability of pseudoephedrine be changed to prescription only? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.


survey solution

- Posted by Rich Miller        


86 Comments
  1. - spidad60 - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:06 pm:

    so, we’ll need to pay a co-pay and an office visit for cold medicine? When is this nightmare going to end?


  2. - RNUG - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:09 pm:

    Voted no. Already too much nanny government.


  3. - A. Nonymous - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:09 pm:

    Overkill. Besides, everyone knows you can just rob a train for the ingredients you need.


  4. - foster brooks - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    i’m with spidad60, $20 co-pay and a day off work just to get cold meds. I guess i’ll stock up next time i’m in wisconsin.


  5. - Barney Fife - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    Meth prosecution and incaceration is costing illinois taxpayets millions anually. A little inconvienance to you and i niw, may save us in higher taxes for meth abusers dental and health care bills, mental health and incarceration costs down the road.


  6. - Nonplussed - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:11 pm:

    Has he watched Breaking Bad?

    Seriously, stupid idea.


  7. - Westward - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:11 pm:

    Game changer?? Wha? Want to control something? Make it legal and tax the hell out of it. I don’t get it. Tobacco? Alcohol? Known killers and addictions. But buy them at any corner store. Know what bill we need introduced? A bill to curb the number of bills introduced.

    I voted no.


  8. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:12 pm:

    They already keep these behind the pharmacy and track you when you buy them, correct?


  9. - Nonplussed - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:13 pm:

    This is Ira Silverstein Dumb


  10. - Will Caskey - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    NO. Ugh, no! I have two kids. I get colds constantly. I don’t have time to go ask a doctor for permission every time one of my little disease vectors infects me!


  11. - Give Me A Break - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    As someone who uses these products for colds and sinus issues, I think this is a real overreach. You already have to show and ID and sign for it. Just don’t think you should need a RX to deal with a sinus headache. The abusers will find a way around whatever regs. that anyone comes up with anyway.


  12. - Liberty First - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    Ridiculous idea. There is already a limit on the number of bottles you can buy. Obviously a lot more variables are in play.


  13. - Harry - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:15 pm:

    If someone wants to work that hard to fry themselves, fine with me. Having to go to a doctor and get a Rx for the sniffles is ridiculous. We already make you produce a State ID and sign for it, and you’re on a monthly allocation that isn’t enough if you need it chronically, but at least in that case you can go to your doc and get an Rx for a year’s worth. But for an occasional cold? No.


  14. - Bird Dog - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:19 pm:

    I wonder how much of the meth sold in the US today is of the home-cooked variety. My understanding is that the cartels are not buying up Sudafed for the raw ingredients - they can just buy them from the source.


  15. - dupage dan - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    First of all, the efficacy of these drugs are questionable, unless you are talking about how easily they can be altered into meth. I don’t take that stuff - not good if you have hypertension. I wonder how well keeping the stuff behind the counter has been working. Does it seem to be stemming the tide of this drug? Are there other sources of the stuff that make this law useless in the fight against this crud? Howsabout some details, Senator?


  16. - Cassandra - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:22 pm:

    I voted no. I question if this would reduce the supply of meth, but rather more of the production out of the country. I’ve read that a lot of meth now is produced in Mexico. I’m not in favor of making El Chapo’s successors even richer.


  17. - ChinaTown - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:22 pm:

    Is there evidence the current regulatory regime is not working? It’s already a mild pain in the ass to find a pharmacy at crazy hours when you’re sick. What if you had to find a doctor as well?!?


  18. - Cassandra - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:23 pm:

    Sorry, I mean- move more of the production-


  19. - MrJM - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    Is there evidence the current regulatory regime is not working?

    This should always be the threshold question for additional regulation.

    – MrJM


  20. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:26 pm:

    this is the same stuff thats in medicated salt block for animals,lets ban that too..keep the drum beating for nixion`s 43 year old war on drugs. We have met the enemy and it is us…pogo


  21. - Stones - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:26 pm:

    No, I just don’t believe you can regulate every substance that can be used in a manner not intended.


  22. - Demoralized - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:27 pm:

    No. So now I’ll have to go to the doctor to get sinus or allergy meds? Ridiculous.


  23. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:27 pm:

    No. No way.

    Not without first proving that the current system is somehow flawed and beyond fixing.

    Is Illinois not noticing records of individual customers buying 1,000 packages of pseudoephedrine every month?

    If so, why? How could we miss that? Would it help to centralize the records by uploading them to the IDPH?

    Many of us are sympathetic to the meth problem in our state.

    Many of us are also sympathetic to the millions of people in our state with allergies and colds who can’t afford a doctor’s visit every time they get a runny nose but still have to go to work.


  24. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:29 pm:

    It’s good campaign armor to be able to say that you led the fight against meth. Details? We don’t need no stinking details.


  25. - Skeptic - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:31 pm:

    Repeat after Rich… “It’s just a bill…it’s just a bill.” That said, what a dumb idea that will do little more than make health care costs go up. Oh and I voted “No” of course.


  26. - Former Merit Comp Slave - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:32 pm:

    No. After 30 years in law enforcement I promise you if this is passed, the bad guys will find another, more accessible ingredient. The only people this will thwart are the legitimate allergy sufferers.


  27. - Stu - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:36 pm:

    This would definitely make me want to vote against someone who supported this bill.


  28. - Mittuns - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:37 pm:

    No. He should defer to Senator Haine, who has led on this issue alongside law enforcement and the Attorney General.


  29. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:42 pm:

    Some of these bills this session are really over-reaching.

    Taxing Gatorade? Prohibiting smoking in your car? Requiring a doctor’s prescription for some Sudafed or Benadryl Cold?

    At some point, we have to remember that government cannot always protect us from ourselves if we are determined to do something stupid or self-destructive.


  30. - Nieva - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:45 pm:

    Make it all legal and in a few years the problem would be over. If you want to kill yourself then so be it.


  31. - tubbfan - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:47 pm:

    the original intent, as I remember it, was to be able to identify those who are purchasing mass quantities of this stuff rather than those who have a legitimate need (like the flu). I don’t believe this change will alter the original intent or make it any more of a disincentive to obtain what needs to be obtained.


  32. - RetiredStateEmployee - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:49 pm:

    It’s too hard to get in to see the doctor when you really need to. Imagine if everyone with a cold was trying to see their doctor or go to prompt care or the emergency room. Ridiculous!!!


  33. - RonOglesby - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:49 pm:

    Already too much that requires a prescription. Hell to get a potassium pill that has 1/10th the potassium as a banana you need a prescription.

    now when I get a cold or my kid I need to go to a doctor? Want to know what contributes to rising healthcare costs? Crap like this does.


  34. - A guy... - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:51 pm:

    Pretty soon every store will be one big counter. I’m sneezy, let me just buy what I need.


  35. - Norseman - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 1:56 pm:

    A big no. As has been pointed out, you’ll have a physician visit with copay and increased health care costs for employers. There has got to be an understanding of when the societal costs of legislation exceeds the alleged benefit.


  36. - Cincinnatus - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:01 pm:

    GET OFF MY LAWN


  37. - Levi - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:02 pm:

    It’s already a pain in the neck to have to go to a pharmacy during pharmacy hours to get Sudafed — the only cold medicine that really works, in my view. And now I have to go to a doctor? Come on, gang. Enough is enough.


  38. - Jerome Horwitz - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:03 pm:

    The meth cooks will just change the recipe and produce another drug that has about the same effect.


  39. - Rich Miller - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:04 pm:

    Would someone who voted “Yes” please explain their vote? Thanks.


  40. - LINK - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:09 pm:

    I voted no for many of the aforementioned responses. To me this is but a PR …


  41. - vise77 - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:10 pm:

    Another co-pay? Really? I’ve had allergies and asthma my whole life, and this would just make me feel like some kid again. And I can’t imagine this really making a dent in the meth world.


  42. - Jim'e' - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:12 pm:

    Another example of a cop out of touch with the public and reality.


  43. - a drop in - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:12 pm:

    Doctors aren’t going to want this. You have a good relation with your doctor, they will just phone in a perscription anyway. So how does this help?


  44. - I B Strapped - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:15 pm:

    Vote No. I’m trying to imagine the DEA scrutinizing my cold medicine, while I hack in their face.


  45. - AFSCME Steward - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:17 pm:

    Voted no. This is absurd.


  46. - Ruby - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:22 pm:

    Perhaps the question be:

    “Why do people take so many drugs that often do more harm than good?”

    I usually don’t any take cold medicines except maybe an aspirin.


  47. - anon - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:29 pm:

    pseudo is the one ingredient that you need to make meth. There are various ways to produce it, but pseudo is the one constant. If you want to stop meth labs in the state this would be the one way to accomplish it. You will still have Mexican meth coming in, but you would stop the house fires and family exposure incidents. If you went to a prescription style law, you would eliminate the limits currently in place. You would be able to stock up with your doctor’s permission. The current system encourages a wide network of people to assist in procuring pseudo to aid in the manufacture. This in turn creates more addicts. I voted yes.


  48. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:31 pm:

    Hell no! It’s bad enough I have to produce an ID for a head cold. Give me a break.


  49. - Peoria - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:34 pm:

    Absolutely it should be prescription only. I mean, after all, NOBODY abuses prescribed drugs in Illinois- so this would most certainly solve the meth problem. /end snark


  50. - IbendahlLuvsJBT - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:35 pm:

    No! Every time addicts, dealers and dope makers abuse legal drugs the government reacts by restricting access for law-abiding patients who need and don’t abuse them. Who’s got time to wait at a doctor’s office when they’ve got a cold or sinus allergies? The government overreach is absurd. My buddy broke his arm and got treated like a druggy by Walgreens who made him jump through hoops to get his pain pill prescription filled. I’ve heard of this happening a lot to really sick people. Why treat them like criminals? Use the laws we have to go after the real criminals.


  51. - Wumpus - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:35 pm:

    No, as it does not go far enough. I want the distinguished gentleman from Peoria to outlaw allergies and colds. That is a real tough position on the issue!


  52. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:36 pm:

    If I voted yes it would be you can never be rich enuff. tan enuff,or hard enuff on drugs.


  53. - Plutocrat03 - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:41 pm:

    No . Really, is that all we need to worry about?

    As sad as it is, people will seek out their buzz of choice, regardless of what laws are in play.


  54. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:50 pm:

    No. Heck no. Isn’t this what the current pain in the uh, nose record keeping and keeping them behind the counter was supposed to fix?


  55. - Commonsense in Illinois - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 2:54 pm:

    No. Interrupts Darwin…


  56. - Waldi - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:11 pm:

    The majority should not have to pay for the sins of the few. Most people don’t abuse cold and allergy medicine. Laws of this type only serve to create a black market where the unethical profit.


  57. - MOD - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:13 pm:

    This is a bad idea because it takes away an important investigative tool. The electronic tracking system already tied into purchases helps catch the perps. With this law in place it would actually make it more difficult to follow the buyers to the manufacturers and distributors


  58. - Walker - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:15 pm:

    Absolutely not!
    Requiring prescription for disbursement is a medical issue, not a tool for law enforcement. I don’t care what the police want, in this case.


  59. - Lunchbox - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:16 pm:

    Good intent, bad design. Cold medicine is expensive enough without having to get a prescription. Voted no.


  60. - Throwing Stones - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:18 pm:

    I voted yes. There is no “cure” to the common cold, just relief. Take it off the shelf and let the drug companies come up with another over the counter med that can do the same without the potential to make a substance that may blow up a house or rot people away. This is an altered chemical, not a plant.


  61. - OldSmoky2 - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:20 pm:

    OK, I voted yes. I’ve seen firsthand the damage meth can do to a community and to families. It’s a horrendous drug, much worse and far more destructive than others. People lose businesses and workers lose jobs because of it. Landlords lose thousands because they have to pay a hazmat team to clean up after some kooky tenant cooks meth in an apartment. Two, pseudoephedrine isn’t a life-saving, essential drug. No one’s going to die if they have to call a doctor to get a scrip phoned in, and people with ongoing allergy and sinus conditions could easily get a refillable scrip. There are also alternatives for treating colds, etc., and maybe this would encourage the pharma industry to come up with even more alternatives.


  62. - Lt. Guv. - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:20 pm:

    No vote. This is ridiculous. Sudafed is one of the few things that does what it’s supposed to.


  63. - Too much time - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:25 pm:

    The legislator in Springfield has too much time on their hands to think up new restrictions. Come on has anyone purchased a cold medicine with a D at the end of the name. Its easier to get a concealed carry permit than the cold medicine! The legislators try to figure out a way to get in the news with some new restrictive laws. They can justify they are doing something to the voters. Term limits as a constitutional amendment is the only way. They have eight years and just will have time to focus on important matters. They will not worry about justifying there time in Springfield.


  64. - Judgment Day - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:30 pm:

    No. Having to go through this already absurd process for my allergies and colds, it’s completely nuts. So now they are going to make us get prescriptions? So, now let’s increase costs in the healthcare system - and, as an added bonus, we’ll clog up the system with even more people needing appointments for utter nonsense. And as an added added bonus, we’ll have even more people going to work sick completely untreated because they can’t get into see a doctor/nurse practitioner because they’re already buried.

    What’s wrong with these clowns in the legislature?

    Just as a btw, the players in the meth business buy this stuff in 55 gal. drums from China and have it shipped to Mexico. The stuff gets re-labeled and shipped across the border. Every so often ICE even catches some of it.

    And we’re worried about the 24 / 48 packs of tablets that you can only buy one per month?

    Again, what’s wrong with these people thinking up these proposed laws?


  65. - Belle - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:33 pm:

    No
    I don’t take this stuff to manage colds so I don’t have a lot of skin in the game.
    The current methods that we use to manage medications is clearly not helping to “win the war on drugs.” It seems that our extreme laws seem to be doing the opposite. Over-regulating drugs do keep people from doing them. Instead, it seems to incite them to try it.


  66. - Sunshine - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:34 pm:

    No. I agree with others. Easy to get around law, as they will find a replacement, and it burdens those who need an OTC drug.

    I personally have found Johnny Black to do the trick for me.


  67. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:54 pm:

    Sure. Why not. Who wants that garbage flowing freely throughout Illinois? The more control, the better. What the heck–I can’t even make a SAFE, 30 second call on my CELL now in my own CAR going 15 MPH down some side street of Illinois with nobody aroung to tell her I’ll pick up that Gallon of Milk we need for the Fridge on the way Home!

    And…if you’ve ever spent a mere 5 minutes around a genuine Meth Addict, you know what I’m talkin’ about…!


  68. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    That was meant to read above, “…with nobody around…!”


  69. - downstate commissioner - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:56 pm:

    No, for all of the reasons already stated. The results of this poll need to be sent to Senator Koehler


  70. - So. ILL - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 3:59 pm:

    I voted no. I like my cold medicine and unlike what happened with my doctor, would like to keep it.


  71. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 4:01 pm:

    John Q. Public 1 Drug Warriors 0


  72. - just pandering - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 4:03 pm:

    Deciding whether drugs should require prescriptions is a job for the feds, not the states. Unless the requirement is nationwide, it just turns into a mess, witness what’s happening now with weed as we delve into all sorts of silliness such as no pot for gun owners. Creating yet another black market by doing this in Illinois wouldn’t stop meth heads at all. The price would simply increase, which would create more crime as meth users would have to commit three burglaries instead of two to get their drugs.


  73. - Langhorne - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 4:16 pm:

    Enough already


  74. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 4:19 pm:

    You already have to go to the pharmacy to get any type of sudafed, and give them your driver’s licence to scan in to keep track of your purchases.
    And I think there is a 2 box per month or some type of limit, which I never had to worry about.
    But isn’t it regulated and less difficult already?


  75. - SO IL M - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 4:29 pm:

    No. It was explained to me by someone who has done it that you do not even need cold medicine. You can obtain the pseudoephedrine from other sources. One being medicated chicken feed. The people making meth already know how to get around this anyway.


  76. - cermak_rd - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 4:35 pm:

    No. When I have a cold I want my pseudophed. And frankly I don’t care if people destroy themselves with meth, that would be their choice. Yes, they destroy their families,too; but they can do the same with booze and we don’t limit that.

    While I have some sympathy for the neighbors whose house is damaged due to their methhead neighbor’s explosion, is this really that common? Compared to, say, house fires due to improper use of space heaters?

    To my knowledge, I have never met a meth user. Pot users, heroin users, coke users, yep; but never meth users. Is it that common of a drug?


  77. - Steve Downstate - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 4:38 pm:

    No — because you should not have to take time off work and/or family responsibilities in order to go to the doctor and ask for a prescription if you simply need some relief from a bad cold. Nor should you have to come up with the copay for the doctor’s appointment. My doctor will not call in any prescription at all unless he sees you first (not even my wife had been into the same office three days earlier for pink eye, which I now had). Well-intentioned Koehler may be, but this bill stinks. The current registration/restricted access policy is a reasonable situation. His proposal is a massive inconvenience for law-abiding citizens who simply trying to get a good night’s sleep and get some work done in spite of illness.


  78. - Frosty-The Snowman - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 4:49 pm:

    Where does it all end? We can’t afford to continue to legislate on every single issue that pops up in life. Burning leaves, cigarette butt littering, etc. The impact on the average Illinois taxpayer for the cost of these knee-jerk laws is staggering.


  79. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 4:55 pm:

    let`s give all meth user an english acent one way ticket to england where there bad teeth will fit in.


  80. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 5:33 pm:

    There are already a lot of prescription medications that really should not have such requirements. This list does not need to be expanded.


  81. - JimmyJazz - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 5:42 pm:

    In which ways is the current law not working? How much of the raw material of the meth labs is obtained from behind the drugstore counter?

    Forcing law-abiding citizens to become pharmacy- and physician-dependent is perverse.


  82. - throwing stones - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 6:15 pm:

    sorry, the gas station in stead of the internet.


  83. - Amuzing Myself - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 7:31 pm:

    Good God! Fix the budget, people. Then maybe you can think about something else! Ridiculous!


  84. - transplant - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 7:35 pm:

    No. In addition to the risk of meth production becoming even more of a Mexican gang, motorcycle gang product, there are still people who suffer from colds and sinus problems who can’t afford a doctor visit for every little cold.


  85. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 28, 14 @ 8:25 pm:

    I remember life before nixon I voted for him…R.I.P.


  86. - Freeze up - Saturday, Mar 1, 14 @ 8:15 am:

    A little off topic tip for allergy sufferers: if you buy a lot of decongestant medication, get a prescription. In Illinois you can’t tax medication so you save sales tax and you don’t have to mess with the pseudo ephedrine registry.

    I voted no. I understand exactly what we are up against with the meth problem but this is not the solution.

    The Cartel meth doesn’t cause the costs and dangers of the cleanup, local cooks cause more problems than most of us are aware of. The Cartel meth, on the other hand, is much more addictive, is smoke able and creates human wreckage where ever it is. Both have huge cost to society and users and their families.


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        * Cross opposes income tax hike extension
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take back seat in governor’s race
        * Madigan’s office seeks clarifications from former Topinka nonprofit
        * Cross says no to income tax hike extension, sales tax on services
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take backseat in governor’s race
        * Illinois inmate freed in landmark capital punishment case
        * Rauner says women will decide governor's race
        * Judge denies ex-representative new bribery trial

        * Lake Shore Drive ramps by McCormick Place set for early 2015 construction
        * Groupon forecast falls short of estimates
        * Groupon mulls overseas options as forecast falls short
        * Groupon hires advisers top find partners for Asia businesses
        * Groupon hires advisers to find partners for Asia businesses


        * Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote
        * A higher standard of criminal justice
        * Ex-Northwestern doctor to pay $475K to settle fraud claims
        * Sad day  when  Catholic  schools  close
        * Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65
        * Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65
        * Durbin, Oberweis square off for final time
        * State’s attorney investigating alderman’s prize offer to voters
        * Face it: Animator has found a great way to pass time on his commute
        * Refund those unfair yellow-light tickets


        * Alleged lieutenant of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' seeks minimum prison term
        * Installation begins on Wallenda's tightrope over Chicago River
        * Off-duty police officer beaten and robbed in the Loop
        * Teen wounded in Morgan Park shooting, at least 3 others injured across city
        * Waukegan district, teachers come to terms after monthlong strike
        * Judge again orders Crystal Lake South bleachers to come down
        * Naperville high school cancels activities after bomb threat
        * Officials: Defendant in Maywood court attacked judge
        * Rauner, Quinn squabble over who deserves credit for digital lab
        * Coroner: Body buried in Indiana is missing relative of dead woman, slain man


        * Prisoner Freed After Recanting Testimony "Angry"
        * The Choice Of Choice: Gov. Candidates On Abortion
        * Group Has A Goal Of Improving Access To Preschool In Macon County
        * Turn out for what? Will young voters make it to the polls, or stay home as usual?
        * As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost
        * Authorities: Springfield Woman's BAC Three Times The Legal Limit
        * 2014 Election Coverage: Citizens, here's your homework!
        * Aldermen skip chance to ask about city’s handling of police commander
        * Immigrant Rights Groups: Demand Oustrips Slots For Driver's Licenses
        * U-S Senate Candidates Differ On Ebola Response And More


        * Esther Cepeda: Elizabeth Pena: Trailblazer on the big screen
        * Andy Shaw: Voter turnout instrumental to reform
        * Ty Fahner: What if the Court rejects pension reform?
        * Attorney general seeks clarifications from Topinka’s former nonprofit
        * Quote of the Day: Friday, Oct. 31
        * Inmate freed from Jacksonville prison in landmark Illinois case
        * Cross opposes income tax hike extension
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take back seat in governor’s race
        * Illinois inmate freed in landmark capital punishment case
        * Rauner says women will decide governor's race


        * Open Line
        * Looking Back (Oct. 31, 2014)
        * State gives RCC $5 million
        * Committee seeks award nominations
        * Benton graduate completes basic training
        * Event to benefit Stonecroft Ministries
        * Amvets to host turkey shoot
        * Expressionists to change location
        * Jerome Lenon
        * Roger Wiseman Jr.


        * Focused Cary-Grove a regional champ
        * Harper women's volleyball squad faces difficult regional challenge
        * Lake Barrington planners recommend gas station
        * Girls volleyball: Thursday's results
        * Saints top Panthers 28-10 to take NFC South lead

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Final Senate Debate...
        * Final Senate Debate...
        * Election 2014 Endorsements...
        * Election 2014 Endorsements...
        * Election 2014 Endorsements...

        * How first lady, Rauner factor into their p......
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        * Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Celebr......

        * Trick Or Treat Safety Tips For Drivers & Pedestrians
        * The Week In Chicago Rock
        * Op-Ed: Google Car Gives The Blind More Independence While Saving Illinois Millions
        * Will Chuy be the new Karen Lewis?
        * Op-Ed: Google Car Could Give The Blind More Independence While Saving Illinois Millions
        * Poll: Downstate Could Go Either Way In Guv's Race
        * South Siders To Rally For Trauma Center Outside U of C Gala
        * Google Car
        * DNA Info: Englewood Whole Foods Developers Looking for More Tenants
        * Sorry Mark Brown but I don't think it is about the money...


        * Editorial: Rauner best choice as governor to begin to reverse Illinois’ fortunes
        * Quinn to celebrate Rauner’s UI Labs accomplishment
        * Another Democrat Runs Away From Pat Quinn
        * Governor Pat Quinn Statement on Tentative Agreement to End Waukegan Teacher Strike, Return Students to Classrooms - State Education Chief Worked Overnight to Reach Common Ground, Students Heading Back to School on Monday
        * Governor Quinn Joins UI LABS to Break Ground on New Digital Manufacturing Hub - Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute Set to Open in 2015, Create Jobs




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