Evanston gears up as Springfield sets eyes on marijuana legalization

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Mayor Steve Hagerty said he expects Evanston to be one of the first municipalities to opt into the use of recreational marijuana if Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s legalization plan is adopted by the Democrat-led state House and Senate.

Hagerty met with other Illinois mayors and two main sponsors of the bill, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) and state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), in Springfield last week to discuss the legalization of cannabis.

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