Cannabis: The next big cash crop for Illinois

Legally and economically, Colorado and Washington are turning over a new leaf for 2014. A marijuana leaf, that is, which could mean a lot of money flowing into each state’s economy.

With full adult legalization underway since Jan. 1, Steve Berg, editor of  “The State of Marijuana Markets Second Edition,” projects sales could reach between $1 million and $800 million in Colorado by the end of the year. Continue reading

Marlise Muñoz’s Texas life support nightmare could happen in Illinois

BY ALIX HINES AND LAURA BRADLEY

Last week a Texas judge ordered that a pregnant but brain dead woman be taken off life support, ending an exhausting battle between John Peter Smith Hospital and her family.

Many believe the statute that disregards pregnant women’s wishes not to be kept on life support is exclusive to Texas, but the nightmare of Marlise Muñoz’s family could happen in many states – including Illinois. Continue reading

“Polish Broadway” keeps the culture alive

The next generation: A product of Saturday Schools

Ewa Zaborowski came to the United States from Poland in 1981 to join her husband, John, who is a doctor. They opened Polskie Centrum Medyczne, a Polish-run physicians care center,  on the 3000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue about 27 years ago.  She said the area has changed considerably since. There are still blocks of Polish-run stores, but the people that once filled the area fled to the suburbs and only return for the cultural community.

“This is the heart of Poland here,” Zaborowski said. “This used to be a very vibrant place.” Continue reading