Springfield – While lawmakers are up against the clock to hammer out a state budget, the Illinois House did approve a plan on Sunday to extend the state’s medical marijuana program until 2020, as well as add post-traumatic stress disorder and terminal illness to the list of allowed conditions. Lawmakers voted 86-27 to advance the measure, which Governor Bruce Rauner supports. It now goes to the Senate, where it’s expected to pass. The four-year pilot program was set to expire at the end of 2017. It will now remain in effect until at least July of 2020.
One item that won’t be on the table before the Spring session ends: daily fantasy sports betting.
A law that would have regulated companies like FanDuel and DraftKings in Illinois was shelved after a lobbyist for both companies was accused of trying to buy votes for the bill from the House Legislative Black Caucus.