Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Measure To Ban ‘Deprogramming’ Of Gay Young People Goes To Governor

Sen. Daniel Biss sponsored the bill. The Evanston Democrat says mental health associations support the measure that addresses therapies that can cause “mental illness, trauma and can increase the risk of suicide.”


A taxi navigates the city streets on September 8, 2011 in Chicago.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

City Hall Bills Cabbie $10,000 After Lawsuit Dismissed

A Chicago cab driver who sued the city in an effort to get cabbies classified as government employees has been slapped with a $10,000 bill for the city’s legal costs.


(Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

Here’s Why Your Heating Bill Has Been So High (It’s Not Just The Cold)

Has your heating bill gone way up the last few months? Especially compared to last year? There’s a reason for that. Actually, there are many reasons, and not all of them have to do with the terrible cold that’s caught Chicago in a mercilessly frigid headlock.


The city says property owners were responsible for rat burrows on this public alley. (CBS)

Judge Tosses City Fines Against Elderly Landlords

An elderly landlord couple charged $500 for rat abatement on city property will not have to pay.


Gov. Pat Quinn. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Quinn Says He’ll Need The Weekend To Decide On Gambling Expansion

It is sounding like Gov. Pat Quinn is not going to allow the casino expansion bill, which includes a Chicago casino, to become law as it is written.

CBS Chicago–08/25/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Quinn Signs Bill Abolishing Legislative Scholarships

Illinois lawmakers have a limited time to hand out their last round of legislative scholarships.

CBS Chicago–07/11/2012

Parking Meter Pay Box

Parking Meter Firm Threatens Mediation Over Bill Sent To City

Chicago and the company running the city’s parking meters are at odds over a $14.2 million bill.

CBS Chicago–07/02/2012

Parking Meter Pay Box

Business Interests To Pay For Lost Parking Meter Revenue At NATO Summit

Business interests that pledged money to cover the costs of the NATO Summit are going to have to pay the Chicago’s parking meter lease company.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Parking Meter Pay Box

Parking Meter Firm Sends City Another Big Bill

Another hefty bill has arrived at City Hall from the company that leases Chicago’s parking meters.

CBS Chicago–05/24/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Bill To Abolish Legislative Scholarships Now On Quinn’s Desk

Illinois lawmakers voting to repeal the controversial legislative scholarship program hope the free rides are over once and for all.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Committee Approves Minimum Wage Hike

The Illinois State Senate Executive Committee has approved a plan to increase the state’s minimum wage, and let it increase automatically in the future.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2012

Parking Meter Pay Box

Parking Meter Firm Demanding $14 Million, City Saying No

The company that leases Chicago’s parking meter system raked in $80 million last year, but now says the city owes it even more money.

CBS Chicago–05/04/2012

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Ill.)

Rep. Harris Pulls Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Says Votes Are Not There

Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) has pulled his bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, but he says in a published report that he will introduce legislation again when the time is right.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2012


Bill Would Allow Culinary Students Under 21 To Taste Alcohol

A piece of legislation approved by an Illinois State Senate committee would allow Illinois students to take a sip of alcohol – provided that they don’t swallow it.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2012

Indiana State House

Indiana Poised To Pass Right-To-Work Law

Indiana is now poised to become the first right-to-work state in the nation’s industrial belt.

CBS Chicago–01/26/2012

Verizon iPhone

Verizon To Charge $2 Bill Payment ‘Convenience Fee’

Starting Jan. 15, Verizon Wireless will charge customers $2 every time they pay their wireless bills online or directly over the phone.


Parking Meter Pay Box

Parking Meter Firm Bills City $2.1M For Lost Revenue From Street Closures

Another week, another embarrassing detail concerning the city’s parking meter monopoly; Chicago Parking Meters LLC has sent City Hall another bill for lost revenue from the city’s parking meters.

CBS 2–12/19/2011

A ComEd truck parked behind a home after storms caused power outages on June 21, 2011.  (Credit: CBS)

Lawmakers To Resume Debate On ComEd ‘Smart-Grid’ Bill

Lawmakers will again be debating Senate Bill 1652, the Smart Grid legislation, this week.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2011

(Credit: Chicago Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration)

New Law Would Crack Down On Repeat Meth Offenders

A bill now on the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn would institute a stiff crackdown on repeat methamphetamine offenders.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2011

Empty Classroom

Bill To Include Contraception In Sex Ed Fails

Legislation that would have required contraception to be discussed along with abstinence in Illinois sex ed classes has failed in the state Senate.

CBS Chicago–05/04/2011