Just over two weeks ago the Illinois Senate passed the measure to place the question of legalizing marijuana in our state on our November ballot.

Cook County asked their voters on Tuesday the same thing and the results... They're on board with this too.

So what does that mean for us in Winnebago County and surrounding?

As you know many times, and I use that lightly, whatever gets decided in Chicago most often becomes reality in our state.

I know I should tread lightly with this stereotype, but we know how the big Chicago political machine can turn a lot of heads in their favor.

ABC7 reports that  voters in Cook County "[including] Chicago have backed the recreational use of marijuana in a nonbinding referendum."

Cook county placed on their ballot this past Tuesday, "[asking] if Illinois should legalize the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older."

Now I realize this was only a question asked of one county in Illinois, however, their backing could help Springfield's case for "legalizing the use of marijuana" in our state.

Those who are in favor of this say that legalizing pot can boost our state and  local government's revenue by taxing cannabis.

Those who are opposed to it "have raised questions about the social cost and subversion of federal laws."

Do you think Cook County's decision will lean heavy on Springfield and the vote this November? Will Illinois be the next state to legalize pot?

I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Hmmmm??? It is something to ponder. Isn't it?