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Feds Release 5-Year Plan To Improve Great Lakes

The Obama administration announced a new 5-year plan for the Great Lakes on Wednesday that will accelerate efforts to address toxic pollution, invasive species and farm runoff and restore plant and wildlife habitat.

09/24/2014

A school bus that was partly crushed by a section of a crumbling bridge has become the centerpiece of a nationwide push for Congress to pass a comprehensive highway funding bill. (Credit: Wendy Widom/CBS)

Unions Organize School Bus Tour To Call For Federal Highway Funding

Union laborers throughout the Midwest have joined the call for passage of a long-term highway bill in Congress; and they said it’s not just about jobs, it’s about safety.

07/11/2014

City Hall

Aldermen, Chefs Call For Ban On Non-Therapeutic Use Of Antibiotics

Several top Chicago chefs and an influential alderman have joined the call for Congress to ban the routine use of antibiotics for livestock, saying the practice can hasten the spread of so-called “superbugs.”

06/24/2014

Chicago River

Environmentalists Urge Congress To Strengthen Clean Water Act

Environment Illinois campaign director Lisa Nikodem said the group’s “Wasting Our Waterways” report reveals there’s a lot of work to be done to prevent pollution of waterways that feed into Lake Michigan.

06/19/2014

A semi-tractor trailer drives on the Interstate. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

State Troopers Push Back Against Proposal To Raise Truck Size Limits

Illinois State Police troopers were taking on the trucking industry, over a proposal to add 10 feet and nearly ten tons to trucks on the highways.

06/18/2014

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Local Politicians, Business Leaders Call On Congress To Pass Immigration Reform

Governor Quinn, Mayor Emanuel and other elected officials joined some of the area’s top business people in again demanding a congressional vote on comprehensive immigration reform, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/09/2014

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Aide: GM CEO Meets Lawmakers; Probe Near End

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has told Washington lawmakers that GM could simultaneously release an internal investigation into a deadly ignition switch problem and its plan to compensate victims.

05/22/2014

Vice President Joe Biden performs a ceremonial swearing-in of U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly at the U.S. Capitol on April 11, 2013. Kelly was officially sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner earlier in the day. (Official White House Photo)

Kelly Reflects On ‘Enlightening’ And Challenging First Year In Congress

Congresswoman Robin Kelly said her first year in office replacing imprisoned Jesse Jackson Jr. was “like building a ship in the middle of the ocean,” because she was not only a freshman on Capitol Hill, but three months behind all her colleagues.

04/22/2014

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Federal Employees Grateful To Work Again, But Leery Of Congress

The deal in Congress keeps them on the job until at least Jan. 15, when the new budget expires. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talks with Chicago workers.

10/17/2013

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Furloughed In Chicago: For Some, The Uncertainty Is The Worst Part

What happens when the government shuts down and you’re put on furlough? Well, events might unfold like this…

10/04/2013

Brad Schneider

Several Illinois Congressman Won’t Accept Pay During Shutdown

Several members of Congress from the Chicago area will be refusing to take their paychecks or will donate them to charity during the government shutdown.

10/01/2013

Indiana Dunes

Local Impact Of Federal Government Shutdown

Air traffic controllers and airport security agents will be on the job, but many other federal government services will not be available on Tuesday.

10/01/2013

Protective Body Armor

Riverside Police Chief Presses Congress To Help Fund Bulletproof Vests

A shotgun blast to his vest made a believer out Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.

WBBM Newsradio–08/06/2013

Dashboard display of a rearview backup camera in an SUV. (Credit: CBS)

Schakowsky Upset At Continued Delay In Backup Camera Rule For Cars

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said she’s angry that the U.S. Department of Transportation has – for the fifth time – delayed rules requiring rearview cameras on all new cars.

06/24/2013

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (left) and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (right) [Photo credit: Scott Olson/Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

Rush Meets With Kirk To Discuss Gangster Disciple Plan

Two prominent Illinois lawmakers met today about controversial comments one made about how to get rid of gangs in Chicago, reports WBBM’s Lisa Fielding.

06/04/2013

A semi-tractor trailer drives on the Interstate. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Gurnee Woman Travels To D.C. To Push For Tougher Trucking Laws

A suburban woman is using her family’s tragedy to lobby Congress for tougher regulation of the trucking industry.

05/07/2013

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Credit: CBS)

GOP Congressman Schock Won’t Run For Governor

Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has decided to forgo a run for Illinois governor and instead seek re-election to Congress, the three-term congressman’s campaign manager said Thursday.

04/26/2013

Firearms for sale at an area gun shop. (CBS)

Emanuel: Senate ‘Copped Out’ By Rejecting Expanded Background Checks On Gun Sales

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, by failing to pass expanded background checks for gun sales, Congress has let politics has get in the way of what should be elected officials’ first priority: protecting the public.

04/18/2013

Vice President Joe Biden performs a ceremonial swearing-in of U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly at the U.S. Capitol on April 11, 2013. Kelly was officially sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner earlier in the day. (Official White House Photo)

Robin Kelly Sworn In As Jackson Jr.’s Successor In Congress

Kelly, in remarks made after House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, administered the oath of office, stressed her commitment to combating gun violence, passing immigration reform, creating jobs and improving the health care system.

04/11/2013

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No Deal To Delay Sequestration Cuts, Illinois Could Be Hit Hard

With no deal in sight to avoid $85 billion in automatic federal budget cuts – known as the sequester – airports could see delays, some public services might be disrupted, and many federal workers could be forced to take lower pay, layoffs, or mandatory furloughs.

03/01/2013

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