Alex Degman

Illinois Secretary Of State Jesse White

Secretary Of State Jesse White Won’t Run For Sixth Term

He’s said it before, but Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said he means it this time: he won’t be running for another term.


Rod Blagojevich

Attorneys Think Blagojevich’s Sentence Will Be Reversed On Appeal

Attorneys in the first trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich still keep in touch with him, and think his sentence will be reversed on appeal if the case ever gets there.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2012

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State Sponsoring Contest For Illinois Filmmakers

Budding Illinois filmmakers have a chance to gain a wide audience and win money through a state-sponsored film contest.

WBBM Newsradio–07/30/2012

Home for sale, file. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Illinois Bucking Downward Nationwide Trend In Home Sales

Illinois is bucking the trend, posting positive home sale numbers in the face of dismal national numbers.

WBBM Newsradio–07/20/2012

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Lawmakers OK Plan For Illiana Expressway

Illinois lawmakers have fast-tracked a plan to relieve traffic congestion on Chicago area and northwest Indiana interstates.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

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Lawmakers Approve $1 Per Pack Cigarette Tax Hike

Illinois lawmakers have approved a $1 per pack cigarette tax increase to help fill a gaping Medicaid budget hole, and the governor has indicated he’ll sign it quickly when it reaches his desk.


Illinois State Capitol

State Lawmakers To Weigh Adding An Online Lottery Game, Giving Up A State Park

Only three days remain in the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session. As WBBM Newsradio’s Alex Degman reports, those days should be busy.

WBBM Newsradio–05/29/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Senate Dems’ Budget Plan Advances In Springfield

It’s unlikely to be the final budget, but the Senate Democratic budget proposal is moving through the legislature.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to the City Club of Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Wants ‘Epic’ End To Legislative Session

Lawmakers have less than two weeks before their scheduled adjournment, and the governor wants to make sure they’re on the right track.

WBBM Newsradio–05/22/2012

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Indicted State Rep. Won’t Testify Before Investigative Panel

State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) told a special legislative panel Thursday that he is innocent of the federal bribery charges he is facing, but he refused to testify under oath.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2012

Illinois House Floor

House Panel Votes To Strip Free Health Care From Retired State Workers

Illinois’ 78,000 state government retirees could lose their free health care benefits, under a measure headed to the full Illinois House for consideration.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2012

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Report Documents Political Donations By MLB Teams

It’s Major League Baseball’s opening week, and as we tune in to the Cubs and White Sox, it’s interesting to see how these teams play when it comes to politics.

WBBM Newsradio–04/06/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Wants Lawmakers To Abolish Legislative Scholarship Program

The governor says he’ll accept nothing less than abolition of the state’s General Assembly scholarship program this year.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2012

State Rep. Derrick Smith.

Panel Asks Feds For More Details On Bribery Case Against Rep. Smith

An Illinois House panel is asking federal prosecutors for more information about the bribery charges against State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

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Illinois Democrats Shoot Down Voter ID Proposal

Illinois Republicans have tried again to make voters show a photo ID before voting, and the proposal was once again shot down by Democrats.

WBBM Newsradio–03/23/2012

Illinois House Floor

House Shoots Down Bill To Allow Recording Of Police Officers

Illinois lawmakers have defeated a measure to allow private citizens to make audio recordings of police officers on the job.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Enterprise Zones For Depressed Areas Set To Start Expiring

What has been called one of the greatest economic tools available in Illinois will disappear unless lawmakers take action.

WBBM Newsradio–03/21/2012

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum

Romney, Santorum Court Votes Across Illinois

Mitt Romney will return to Chicago from Springfield Monday morning, to speak at the university where President Barack Obama used to teach.

CBS Chicago–03/19/2012

Extensive damage after an EF-4 tornado hit Harrisburg, Ill. (Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Congressman: FEMA ‘Got Everything Wrong’ In Denying Tornado Aid

A downstate congressman says the federal government “got everything wrong” by denying benefits to tornado-ravaged Harrisburg and surrounding areas.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2012

Obesity Generic

American Cancer Society Awards $250,000 To Fight Obesity

The American Cancer Society is awarding $250,000 in anti-obesity grants to help children learn to think healthy at a younger age.

WBBM Newsradio–03/13/2012