Dave Dahl

(AP File Photo)

State Lawmakers Seek New Prescription Drug Aid Program For Seniors

Lawmakers who say the state health care cuts went too far are trying to move the pendulum back.

WBBM Newsradio–07/06/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Treasurer To Give Tours Of Vault At Capitol

For the second year in a row, the public has a chance to see the inside of the Illinois Treasurer’s vault at the state Capitol in Springfield.

WBBM Newsradio–07/06/2012

File Photo Of A Silhouette Of Firefighters (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Illinois Fire Service Institute Receives Grant For Training School

The Illinois Fire Service Institute’s hands-on training school for teens and young adults has received a $65,000 state grant.

CBS Chicago–07/02/2012

Empty Classroom

State May Take Over School Districts In North Chicago, East St. Louis

The school districts in North Chicago and downstate East St. Louis are a step away from a state takeover.

WBBM Newsradio–06/21/2012

Special Olympics kicks off at Soldier Field. (Credit: Lisa Fielding/WBBM Newsradio)

Illinois Special Olympics Set To Begin Downstate

The Illinois Special Olympics begin Friday at Illinois State University.

CBS Chicago–06/15/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Lawmakers Pass Budget, But Not Without Contention

Illinois lawmakers have passed a budget to the Gov. Pat Quinn, but not without a lot of contention.

WBBM Newsradio–06/01/2012

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

House Committee Votes To End Legislative Scholarships

The program allowing state lawmakers to give free tuition to students – who are supposed to live in the lawmakers’ respective districts – is a step closer to the junk pile, winning approval Thursday in an Illinois House committee.

CBS Chicago–05/17/2012

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

Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Machine Makers Object To Proposed Tax Hike

A bill awaiting a Senate vote is either about tax fairness or about big business getting bigger.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn discusses his plan to save $2.7 billion in costs on Medicaid spending, through a variety of program cuts and a $1-per-pack cigarette tax hike. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Calls For Tax Hike, Service Cuts To Help Fix Medicaid

Trying to save $2.7 billion on Medicaid costs, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday his job is to tell lawmakers not what they want to hear, but what they need to hear.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2012

Illinois State Capitol

GOP Leader: Dems Blocking Effort To End Controversial Scholarship Program

The state’s controversial legislative scholarship program — which allows lawmakers to provide free tuition to state universities to students in their districts — is still alive, despite several attempts to end it. And a top Republican lawmaker says Senate Democratic leaders won’t let efforts to repeal the program come up for a vote.


Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), who has been indicted on charges of accepting a $7,000 bribe, sits in his seat on the Illinois House floor on April 17, 2012, his first time attending session in Springfield since his arrest. (Credit: Dave McKinney, Chicago Sun-Times)

Indicted Rep. Smith Visits Capitol For First Time Since Arrest

On a day when Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent was honored in the Illinois House, it seems the only person reporters wanted to talk to was indicted Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).

CBS Chicago–04/17/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Propose Measure To Eliminate Redundant, Outdated Laws

Some Illinois lawmakers say it’s time for some spring cleaning when it comes to the state’s laws.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2012

A stretch of the Illinois River running through Starved Rock State Park. (Credit: Illinois Department Of Natural Resources)

State Parks May Soon Begin Charging For Admission

A bill approved by the Illinois House of Representatives Monday would require state residents to pay up to $25 to enter state parks.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Bill Would Ban State Universities From Using Executive Headhunters

A bill that has passed the Illinois House would bar state universities hiring executive headhunters.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2012

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State Rep Furious Over ‘Hostile Amendments’ To Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill

A bill to require abortion doctors in Illinois to offer the mother a view of an ultrasound is under attack, by lawmakers attaching hostile amendments.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2012

State Rep. Derrick Smith.

Lawmakers Taking Steps That Could Oust Rep. Smith

The Illinois legislature is moving forward with an investigation of State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), a process that could potentially lead to his ouster from the General Assembly over his arrest on federal bribery charges.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2012

Extensive damage after an EF-4 tornado hit Harrisburg, Ill. (Credit: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

FEMA Denies Appeal For Disaster Aid For Tornado Victims

Members of Illinois’ congressional delegation say they’re disappointed the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state’s appeal for disaster assistance.


Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Gets By With A C In Corruption Study

Chicago was recently deemed the most corrupt city in the nation, and deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week became the second consecutive governor in prison for corruption convictions.

CBS Chicago–03/19/2012

Pulaski Day Band

Chicago Celebrates Polish Heritage On Pulaski Day

Some people are fortunate enough get the day off for Casimir Pulaski Day Monday, as Chicago celebrates the city’s rich Polish culture.

CBS Chicago–03/05/2012