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GOP Lawmakers Push For Stiffer Penalties Against Heroin Dealers

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin calls DuPage “ground zero” for heroin use.

02/13/2014

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Truax (Truax Campaign)

Republican U.S. Senate Hopeful: Let Cost Of Living Determine Minimum Wage

Downers Grove Businessman Doug Truax is in the Republican primary, seeking to square off against Democrat Dick Durbin in the general election.

01/31/2014

A city plow clears a residential street. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Confident City Will Have Enough Snow Removal Money This Winter

Although the city of Chicago has spent the vast majority of its budget for salting and plowing roads, because of an especially brutal winter, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said City Hall has the money to keep handling what Mother Nature throws our way.

01/28/2014

A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Aldermen Want More Control Over Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Ald. Edward Burke (14th) and other members of the City Council have expressed concerns about limits on their oversight, claiming they’re prohibited from setting other restrictions on dispensaries and cultivation centers, beyond what is in state law.

01/23/2014

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

(Clockwise from top left) Republican candidates for governor Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, and Dan Rutherford. (Photo illustration by CBS)

GOP Rivals For Governor Pounce On Rauner At Candidate Forum

For the first time this year, all four of the Republican candidates for governor were on the same stage, and there were some fireworks.

01/16/2014

Snow still hasn't been shoveled on this block in River North. (Credit: CBS)

City Official Urges Neighbors To Keep Snowy Sidewalks Passable

Yes, 3-1-1 system director Audrey Mathis concedes, sometimes city snowplows make the job tougher by dumping snow at corners.

01/09/2014

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Metra Chief Says Rail Agency Doesn’t Have Enough Money For Brake-Safety Mandate

Interim Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno says Metra wants the “positive train control” system but is asking for an extension of the January 2016 federal deadline.

12/22/2013

Republican Party's Elephant Symbol (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)

Chicago GOP — Yes, There Is One — Backing 18 Legislative Candidates

Republicans in Chicago say, this time, they are running serious and determined candidates for the Illinois legislature, and they plan well-funded campaigns to unseat incumbent Democrats.

12/12/2013

A woman smoking an electronic cigarette. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Aldermen Consider Ban On E-Cigarettes

If you’ve taken up use of electronic cigarettes in an effort to kick the habit – or simply get your nicotine fix without the smoke – you might soon have to find another option in most places in Chicago.

12/09/2013

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Kirk, Indiana Senator Tout Benefits Of Illiana Expressway

The proposed 47-mile tollway would link Interstate 55 in Illinois to Interstate 65 in Indiana.

12/06/2013

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

(Clockwise from top left) Republican candidates for governor Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, and Dan Rutherford. (Photo illustration by CBS)

GOP Candidates Discuss Income Tax, Dealing With Madigan

The four Republicans running for governor were in the south suburbs Thursday, trying put some distance between each other in a race with no clear front-runner.

11/21/2013

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Emanuel’s Gun Crime Legislation Stalls In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push to stiffen penalties for illegal guns hit an unexpected roadblock in the Illinois House on Thursday, as black lawmakers managed to halt the proposal for now.

11/07/2013

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Chicago Polling Places Could Get Laptops To Replace Voting Record Binders

Election judges would no longer have to find a voter’s name in a massive binder on Election Day.

11/01/2013

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OEMC Head Defends Hefty Overtime For 911 Call Center

The head of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications is defending the high amount of overtime his staff has been working, trying to keep up with emergency calls, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

10/30/2013

Artist's rendering of the Great Chicago Fire Festival, planned for October 2014 along the Chicago River.

Emanuel Aide Defends Cost Of New Great Chicago Fire Festival

At City Council budget hearings on Wednesday, a top city official defended the $1 million price tag for a highly-touted new city festival next year, four years after the city ended the popular, and much cheaper, Venetian Night festival.

WBBM Newsradio–10/30/2013

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Despite Aldermen’s Concerns, Mayor Sticking To Plan For Higher Cigarette Tax

Even before budget hearings began, some aldermen said they were worried that a proposed 75-cent-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes would drive consumers to Indiana and the suburbs, where the taxes are lower.

10/28/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel heralds expansion of recycling. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel All But Confirms Cigarette Tax Hike; Cable Could Be Next

Mayor Emanuel told a reporter he has a long history dating back to his early White House days of using cigarette taxes to pay for healthcare.

10/21/2013

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Aldermen Want To Set Up $20M Fund For Police Torture Victims

The city has paid out more than $83 million in settlements to suspects who have claimed they were tortured by detectives under the command of disgraced Cmdr. Jon Burge, but some aldermen are pushing for an ordinance that would provide even more financial aid and other assistance to police torture victims.

10/16/2013

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