Pubdate: Sat, 27 Sep 2014
Source: Chicago Tribune (IL)
Copyright: 2014 Chicago Tribune Company
Author: David Atella
Page: 13


Horse racing, tobacco, liquor, gambling, slot machines, beer, the 
lottery - these used to be called vices. Now all are streams of 
revenue into which Illinois governments have stuck their fingers. Legally.

So the city of Chicago should grab hold of marijuana with both hands 
and not let go. Now. There are so many directions and opportunities, 
it's dizzying.

For the first time in his tenure, in my opinion, Mayor Rahm Emanuel 
has uttered something comprehensible and of imagination; so, yes, he 
should proceed toward legalization. Chicago cannot live indefinitely 
with problems like a shrinking home-sales market, a crumbling 
infrastructure and an outdated, inefficient transportation network.

But a bold idea done right and done quickly - to get an edge over 
what's sure to be an avalanche of cities and locales doing the same 
thing - might help save the city.

- - David Atella, Hinsdale
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