Dave Dahl

U.S. Rep. Lane Evans visits the White House in December 2003, when President George W. Bush signed the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003, which expanded the benefits program for veterans and their surviving spouses.  (Photo by Paul Morse/White House via Getty Images)

Former Congressman Lane Evans Dies

Former U.S. Rep. Lane Evans of Illinois, a former Marine who fought for veterans’ rights during his 24 years in office, has died after a long fight with Parkinson’s disease.

11/06/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Child Advocacy Group Warns Of Impact Of Expiring Tax Hike

With a 2011 state income tax increase set to expire at the end of the calendar year, the governor and Illinois lawmakers are facing a huge drop in state revenue, which would affect many social service groups that rely on the state for funding.

01/20/2014

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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

File Photo Of Woman On Cell Phone (Getty Images)

Poison Hotline Could Shut Down Without Money

(CBS) — The Illinois Poison Center, which runs a confidential hotline to dispense information about dangerous substances, is itself in need of revival. By June 30, the publicly and privately funded center could be closed […]

10/18/2013

New doors at the Statehouse. (CBS)

Capitol Architect Defends $700K Doors Installed On Statehouse

Critics said the elegant but expensive copper doors are extravagant at a time when the state is broke and regular Illinoisans are struggling.

09/13/2013

File Photo Of Glock Handgun. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

State Police Chief: ‘We’re Way Ahead Of The Game’ Preparing For Concealed Carry

Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau said his agency began preparing to oversee the concealed carry permit process when it became clear Illinois would have to allow people to carry firearms in public.

07/29/2013

Stack of cash (CBS)

MAP Grant Money Gone, But Federal Pell Grants Available For Illinois College Students

Higher education is not cheap, and a state program that provides financial aid is now diverting people to a federal program.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2013

Supporters of same-sex marriage rally outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Jan. 5, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Same-Sex Marriage Sponsor Predicts ‘Fast Track’ For Approval

The House sponsor of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois said the measure could get a vote “very soon,” after the new General Assembly was sworn in this week.

CBS Chicago–01/10/2013

Job seekers wait in line (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Illinois Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 8.8 Percent

The latest news on Illinois’ unemployment rate is neither really bad nor really good.

11/16/2012

Gavel

Illinois Judges Plan To Offer Up Civics Education

If you don’t know the names of the three branches of government, but you do know the names all the judges on “American Idol,” you might not have had enough civics in high school.

WBBM Newsradio–09/13/2012

Abraham Lincoln

Emancipation Proclamation On Display At Lincoln Museum

The Emancipation Proclamation and two other items related to the end of slavery are on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

WBBM Newsradio–09/04/2012

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

Illinois Republicans See Opportunities To Build Beyond 2012

Illinois has evolved into a “blue state,” but there are still plenty of Republicans – and plenty of opinions on how to rebuild the party.

CBS Chicago–08/27/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Downstate GOP Targeting Quinn In Attack Ads

The 2012 general election is coming up in barely two months, and between now and then, you can expect to see and hear negative advertising featuring someone who’s in office for at least two more years.

WBBM Newsradio–08/24/2012

U.S. Marines of the 782 company from Fort Bragg, South Carolina, walk towards their barracks upon landing at Saudi Dhahran air base on Aug. 21, 1990, following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, which led to the Gulf War in early 1991. A U.S.-led multi-national force repulsed Iraq from Kuwait during the "Desert Storm" offensive and a cease-fire was signed 28 February 1991.  (Photo credit: GERARD FOUET/AFP/Getty Images)

Peoria Researcher Looking Into Causes, Effects Of Gulf War Syndrome

The story of the returning veteran never ends. A researcher in Peoria is investigating Gulf War Syndrome, more than twenty years after the end of Operation Desert Storm.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Angry Union Protest Prompts Quinn To Cut Short State Fair Rally

Gov. Pat Quinn received anything but a warm welcome at the Illinois State Fair on Wednesday, when a huge crowd of union protesters booed the governor as he took the stage.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2012

File Photo (Mario Tama/ Getty Images)

LaHood, Schock Spar Over Prospects For High-Speed Rail

Want to know if high-speed rail plays in Peoria? It depends on which Peorian you ask.

CBS Chicago–08/09/2012

File Photo (Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

State Honors Top State Troopers

The Officer of the Year for the Illinois State Police is proficient at racking up DUI and other traffic arrests, but he’s modest about it.

CBS Chicago–08/02/2012

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)

House Vote Next Month On Smith’s Fate Not The Final Word

Indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) will find out next month if he’ll be kicked out of the Illinois House for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe, but even if he is, that doesn’t mean he won’t be back.

CBS Chicago–07/30/2012

Scales Of Justice

Conservative Law Center Challenges Illinois Campaign Finance Law

The latest Illinois campaign finance law is under fire.

CBS Chicago–07/26/2012

Officials, Labor Leaders Celebrate Federal Transportation Plan

Labor leaders joined Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider and U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in taking a victory lap on Friday to celebrate President Barack Obama signing the new $105 billion federal transportation bill.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2012

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