Illinois State Capitol

State Government Shutdown Looms As Budget Deadline Nears

State workers might have to go without paychecks if lawmakers and the governor don’t reach an agreement on the budget in the next couple days. If a budget isn’t approved by the start of the next fiscal year on July 1, the state won’t be able to pay bills, including writing checks to employees.


Rick Hahn and Robin Ventura. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Levine: White Sox Came Close To Big Trade, Hahn Says

(CBS) — The White Sox appeared passive this week as the non-waiver trading deadline passed without the team making a deal. On the surface, you could say they weren’t trying very hard to add on. […]


Chicago vehicle sticker (Credit: Chicago City Clerk)

Deadline Here For Chicago Vehicle Stickers

If you haven’t purchased a city vehicle sticker yet, you’d better get to City Hall this afternoon, or face up to $260 in late fees and fines starting Wednesday.


City Hall

Quinn Signs Legislation For Chicago Pension Overhaul

It’s deadline day for Gov. Pat Quinn. He has until midnight to decide how to act on legislation to overhaul some of Chicago’s underfunded employee pension systems.


Former Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields (Credit: CBS)

Former FOP Boss Can’t Get On Ballot For Next Union Election

Ousted Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields has been thwarted in his attempt to stop the union election for the same reason he cost his members their automatic right to a retroactive pay raise: He was late.


The Onion

Ahead Of Obamacare Deadline, Illinois Tries To Reach Youth Through The Onion

Banner ads on The Onion website will depict a toy action figure with the words: “Man without health insurance is forced to sell action figures to pay medical bills.” The ads say: “Get Covered. Don’t sell your action figures.”


An Illinois toll booth. (CBS)

Tollway Might Extend Deadline For Unpaid Tolls

The Illinois Tollway’s Customer Service Committee recommended last week giving drivers 30 days to respond to each of three violation notices that are sent out, increasing the total number of days from 56 to 90.


Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Suspends Lawmakers’ Pay Over Pension Stalemate

Seeking to pressure lawmakers into acting on comprehensive pension reform, Gov. Pat Quinn used his budgetary veto powers on Wednesday to suspend legislative salaries until they come up with a plan.


Illinois State Capitol

Pension Committee Won’t Meet Governor’s Reform Deadline

The Governor is holding fast to next Tuesday’s deadline for a pension reform bill; the lawmakers are saying there’s no way they can do it.


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Appeals Court Gives Quinn 30 More Days On Concealed Carry Legislation

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted on Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request to allow Gov. Pat Quinn more time to review legislation passed last week. However, on issuing its ruling, the court said it would not issue another extension of its mandate past the new deadline of July 9.


File Photo Of A Handgun (Photo by David Silverman/Newsmakers)

Madigan Seeks Extension Of Concealed Carry Deadline

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a federal appeals court for an extra 30 days for the governor to decide if he’ll sign recently approved concealed carry legislation.


Chicago Public Schools

Governor OKs Plan To Push Back Deadline For CPS School Closings List

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation extending the deadline for the Chicago Public Schools to submit a list of school closings from Saturday to March 31.


Eun Ju Sohn.registers to vote. (Credit: CBS)

Today Is Last Day To Register To Vote

You can’t vote in the presidential election if you’re not registered. Today is the last day to do so.


Gov. Pat Quinn

Deadline Coming For Action By Quinn On Gambling Bill

The deadline is nearing for Gov. Pat Quinn to act on the state’s gambling expansion bill.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2012

Illinois General Assembly

Chances For Pension Reform By Midnight Deadline Appear Slim

The chances of making major reforms to the state’s public pension systems appear to be dead in Springfield, at least for now.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2012

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Don’t Mess With Police Labor Negotiations

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson says the police union may have missed a negotiating deadline, but the mayor shouldn’t punish rank-and-file officers.


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City Extends Deadline For Taste Of Chicago, As Fewer Restaurants Apply

The city has extended the deadline for restaurants to apply for spots at the new, scaled-down Taste of Chicago – in hopes of drawing more interest.

CBS Chicago–02/23/2012

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

Deadline Arrives For New Voter Registration

This is the last day to register to vote, and based on some numbers, not many Chicago area residents have.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2012

Home of the Cubs.

Cubs Push Up Deadline For Season Ticket Renewal

The Cubs have issued a letter to season ticket holders, informing them that the deadline to renew their seats at Wrigley Field has been moved up about a month and a half.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2011

Chicago's vehicle sticker. (CBS)

Last Day To Buy City Sticker, Avoid Ticket

This is your last chance to buy a Chicago city sticker if you want to avoid a ticket.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2011