A push to create 75 additional cannabis dispensary licenses fell short on Wednesday, further stymying state lawmakers’ lofty goal of diversifying Illinois’ overwhelmingly white weed industry.
Though state senators approved the measure earlier Wednesday, their counterparts in the House failed to call it for a vote before the lame duck session ended.
State Rep. La Shawn Ford, a Chicago Democrat who was part of a legislative working group that contemplated the additional licenses, said the bill fell flat because legislators “failed at the art of compromise.” […]
Ford said the major sticking point was the prospect of allowing existing medical dispensaries to relocate without losing their ability to sell recreational weed — something some major pot firms have long been pushing for. Industry insiders have estimated the state is missing out on roughly $100 million in tax revenues by blocking dispensaries from moving.
The (white-owned) dispensaries, which has been making money hand over fist, also killed the cannabis bill last year over this same issue. Proponents don’t want to give those owners yet another leg up before more people can get into the business. Meanwhile, the whole program is massively messed up because there are a ton of cleanup items in that bill that have to be passed.
* Meanwhile, let’s move on to a Tribune editorial…
A bill on its way to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk would make it easier for Chicago Public Schools teachers to go on strike. It carries the potential to return Chicago to the days of almost-annual strikes. Remember those? For one stretch starting in 1969, teachers in Chicago went on strike that year, again in 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987. The union threatened to strike eight other times.
It took Republicans in Springfield and then-Mayor Richard M. Daley to pass a sweeping CPS reform bill to stop the constant disruption to students’ lives of teacher walkouts.
And now the Democrat-led legislature, tightly wound politically with the Chicago Teachers Union, wants Pritzker to sign legislation allowing the city to backtrack. He should veto it. Current CTU leaders have demonstrated time and again their willingness to obstruct, to expand their agenda way beyond the confines of education and into defunding police departments, for example, and to be unreasonable at the bargaining table.
The governor was asked about this bill earlier in the week…
I’ve favored passage of that bill before I was a candidate. I know that bill is coming to my desk and I’ll obviously take a serious look at it, but you know where I’ve stood for several years already.
So, the Trib wants him to flip-flop on a campaign promise, essentially.
1969: Two-day strike results in salary increases, teacher aides, and class size maximum.
1971: Four-day strike results in salary increases and full health benefits.
1973: Two strikes, of 12 and 11 days, yield improved salary, benefits, preparation time, supplies, and class sizes.
1979-1980: Multiple strikes over a payless payday during holiday break in 1979, results in salary increase and improved sick leave and maternity/paternity leave.
1984: Four-day strike results in medical care increase and PAC checkoff.
1985: Two-day strike for salary and sick leave.
1987: Record-breaking 19-day strike under CTU President Jacqueline B. Vaughn wins raises and improvements to health care.
* Petition urges Pritzker to veto Illinois police reform bill
* Emotions high during Illinois lawmakers’ votes on Black caucus’ criminal justice reforms