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Sheila Simon

Simon Non-Committal On Quinn’s Income Tax Plan

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, who is running for Illinois State Comptroller, had some praise for Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plan on Friday, but she stopped short of endorsing his plan to make a 2011 income tax hike permanent.

03/28/2014

Chicago Police Officers (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

McCarthy Admits Slow Learning Curve – At First – On Changing Gang Structure

McCarthy acknowledged it took several months after he took over the Police Department in 2011 to see how splintered street gangs had become.

02/28/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) is running against Democratic challenger Tio Hardiman, former director of the anti-violence group CeaseFire, in the 2014 primary election in Illinois. (Credit: Scott Olson/Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Hardiman Confident In Chances Of Beating Quinn In Race For Governor

Despite being a relative unknown, especially outside Chicago, and having only a few hundred dollars in his campaign fund, former CeaseFire director Tio Hardiman said he’s serious about trying to beat incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary election in March.

WBBM Newsradio–01/17/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Expert: Courts Need Monitor To Oversee Boot Camp Sentences

Reports that Cook County judges have been improperly sentencing violent criminals to a boot camp reserved for non-violent offenders have prompted a criminal justice expert to call for a fix.

11/22/2013

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis discusses the union's plans to increase political activity, including seeking candidates to support in the race for mayor and alderman in 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis: Emanuel, CPS Can’t Be Trusted On School Closing Promises

As the plan to close more than 50 Chicago Public Schools moves forward, the head of the Chicago Teachers Union said she has numerous examples of what can go wrong, and has gone wrong with previous school closings and consolidations.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

File Photo (Ian Waldie/ Getty Images)

CPS Boss: Special Needs Students Will Keep Teachers After School Closings

The head of the Chicago Public School system has been trying to reassure parents of students with special needs that they won’t suffer if their current schools are consolidated or closed.

WBBM Newsradio–04/11/2013

Cover of Isabel Wilkerson's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Warmth of Other Suns" (Supplied by Chicago Public Library)

Chicago Library’s ‘One Book, One Chicago’ Program To Go Year-Round

The city’s popular “One Book, One Chicago” book club at the Chicago Public Libraries will expand its slate of programs, but will focus on one book a year instead of two.

WBBM Newsradio–03/15/2013

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle To Take On Racial Inequities In Judicial System

The head of the Cook County Board says she’s working to address some of the racial inequities in the County’s criminal justice system.

01/04/2013

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.)

Biggert: Political Posturing Stalling Compromise To Avoid ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Outgoing suburban Congresswoman Judy Biggert said she’s very concerned that efforts to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” of mandated tax hikes and program cuts are falling prey to partisan bickering.

WBBM Newsradio–12/07/2012

Barbara Byrd-Bennett discusses her appointment as chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, replacing Jean-Claude Brizard. (Credit: CBS)

CPS To Ask For Extension On Deadline For School Closing List

The head of the Chicago Public School system said Friday that the District needs more time to decide how many schools might have to close next school year, and to get the public involved in making the decisions.

WBBM Newsradio–11/02/2012

Prentice Women's Hospital

Fight Over Future Of Prentice Women’s Hospital Still Simmering

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is expected to soon weigh in on whether to demolish the distinctive concrete cloverleaf building that once housed Prentice Women’s Hospital.

WBBM Newsradio–10/26/2012

Brian Woodworth (clockwise from right), Marcus Lewis and Rev. Anthony Williams are all running against U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (not pictured) in the 2nd Congressional District. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/Newsradio)

Jackson’s Opponents Agree: Even If He Weren’t Sick, He’d Need To Go

The three candidates running against ailing Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. agree he would need to be replaced even if he were not being treated for bipolar disorder, but they differ over almost everything else.

WBBM Newsradio–10/19/2012

Photo Of Cook County Clerk David Orr (County Clerk Photo)

Orr: Voter ID Laws Could Have Major Effect On Election Day

Cook County Clerk David Orr fears the push for voter ID laws across the country is going to have a pronounced effect on Election Day.

WBBM Newsradio–09/21/2012

Tammy Duckworth. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Duckworth Assures Business Community She’s On Their Side

Suburban Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth is assure the business community that she is ready to respond to their needs.

WBBM Newsradio–09/14/2012

Robert Grant, special agent-in-charge of the FBI's Chicago office. (FBI)

Grant: Organized Crime Alive And Well In Chicago

Organized crime wears a new face in Chicago — and the retiring special-agent-in-charge of the area’s FBI office says many times, it speaks a foreign language.

CBS Chicago–08/12/2012

Bill Foster

Former Rep., Candidate Foster: Moderates Have A Hard Time In Congress

A former Democratic Congressman running to get his old job back is critical of the way he says bipartisan cooperation is falling out of favor on Capitol Hill.

WBBM Newsradio–07/20/2012

Brad Schneider

Congressional Candidate Schneider Has Mixed Feelings About SuperPACs

The Democrat trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) says he has mixed feelings about the role SuperPACs may play in the race.

WBBM Newsradio–07/13/2012

Donald Manzullo, Adam Kinzinger

Manzullo Calls For End To SuperPACs

U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) is calling for an end to SuperPACs, the powerful political groups that pump large amounts of money into campaigns across the country.

CBS Chicago–06/22/2012

A surveillance camera at a CTA train station. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Boss: Surveillance Cameras Could Help Deter Mob Attacks

The head of the Chicago Transit Authority said he hopes surveillance cameras aboard CTA trains and at CTA stations will act as a deterrent to more mob attacks like the ones that occurred this past weekend.

WBBM Newsradio–06/14/2012

Jean-Claude Brizard

Brizard Working On 5-Year-Plan To Improve Lagging Schools

The head of the Chicago Public Schools says one of his top priorities, besides working out a new contract with the Chicago Teachers Union, is closing the achievement gap among a number of schools.

06/10/2012

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