Emanuel To Call For Legalized Marijuana And Chicago Casino
(Chicago, IL) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to ask Illinois state lawmakers to legalize marijuana and allow a Chicago casino to help the city address a growing pension crisis. Emanuel is expected to make the plea during a speech today to the City Council. The mayor will propose that any tax money the city receives from recreational marijuana and a casino will be dedicated entirely to pension payments that will increase by nearly one-billion-dollars annually in 2023. He will also call on lawmakers to amend the state’s constitution to eliminate a pension protection clause.
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