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McDonald’s to eliminate plastic in Happy Meal toys by 2021

The fast-food chain expects to remove over 3,000 metric tons of plastic from the business from 2021 by abolishing plastic happy meal toys.

Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions

Illinois’ governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements.

Merriam-Webster officially recognizes ‘they’ as a nonbinary pronoun

Merriam-Webster has formally acknowledged the use of €œthey€ as a nonbinary, gender neutral pronoun, adding that definition to its dictionary.

Illinois passes law requiring LGBT history curriculum be taught in schools

The law requires all schools in the state include "the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State" in official textbooks.

Illinois is expunging marijuana convictions from nearly 800,000 criminal records

In addition to legalizing marijuana, Illinois HB 1438 offers relief to the roughly 770,000 residents of the state with marijuana-related offenses on their criminal records.

Illinois to legalize marijuana sales, expunge criminal records for pot crimes

State lawmakers gave final approval to the bill Friday and Gov. JB Pritzker said he will sign the measure, which make Illinois the first state to legalize marijuana sales via its legislature.

Chicago becomes the largest US city to commit to 100% clean energy

Chicago has passed legislation committing to running the city on 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2040.

Chicago makes history electing Lori Lightfoot as first black woman mayor

Lori Lightfoot, a political newcomer, was elected the first black female mayor of Chicago. Lightfoot, who will also become the first openly gay mayor of the third-largest U.S. city, appealed to voters who are tired of politics as usual.

Illinois Senate votes to require LGBT history curriculum be taught in schools

The Illinois Senate has approved a bill that requires public schools to teach "the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State."

John Deere invents the first commercially successful steel plow

The wrought-iron framed plow had a polished steel share. This made it ideal for the tough soil of the Midwest United States and worked better than other plows.