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Lawmakers face gambling, prisons, weapons in veto session

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Rep. Lou Lang said he is close to the 60 votes he needs for House approval of a medical marijuana bill, allowing people with specific illnesses -- who, for example, get pain relief from marijuana -- to possess small amounts purchased from licensed dispensaries.

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Illinois lawmakers could tackle high-profile issues beginning Tuesday in their six-day fall session. They will decide whether to reject vetoes by Gov. Pat Quinn on issues such as expanded gambling, money to keep prisons open and a Quinn-designed assault-rifle band. The Democrat rejected a plan to add five casinos. Legislative leaders hope to avoid a veto override and negotiate a deal with Quinn.
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