(Credit: CBS)

State Provides $10M In New Funds For Safe Passage Program

The city’s Safe Passage program to protect Chicago Public Schools students on their way to and from school has been expanded more than two dozen new schools, thanks to $10 million in new funding from the state.


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CTA: Effort To Speed Up Buses Delayed By Slow RTA Funding

The CTA hopes to attract more riders by speeding up its buses, and giving buses green light priority over other vehicles is a key part of that strategy, but it says it is encountering problems obtaining federal grant money that’s been in the hands of the Regional Transportation Authority since 2012.


U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Kirk Promotes Stroke Research Funding, Treatments

The Republican from Highland Park, who suffered a stroke in January 2012, attended a round-table discussion at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with Chicago-area stroke researchers. He emphasized the importance of funding National Institutes of Health research.


File Photo Of Woman On Cell Phone (Getty Images)

Without New Funding Source, State Poison Hotline Set To End May 31

Illinois, which was the first state to have a poison center, could soon become the only state without one. CBS 2’s Chris Martinez reports.


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 […]


Cardinal Francis George joins several African-American religious leaders to voice opposition to proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

George Defends Pulling Funding For Immigrant Group Over Same-Sex Marriage Stance

Accused of using immigrants as “pawns in a political battle” over same-sex marriage, Cardinal Francis George defended the decision to halt Catholic Church funding for immigrant rights groups that support gay marriage.


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Illinois’ Writing Test Back, But Without Funding

After a two-year reprieve, Illinois high school juniors will be tested on their writing skills again next spring during state standardized tests.


Field Museum

Chicago Field Museum Facing Staff, Budget Cuts

Chicago’s Field Museum is shrinking.


City Council Chambers

Inspector General For City Council Says He Needs More Money

The Chicago City Council appointed its first internal watchdog just seven months ago, and he says he’s busy, but he’s out of money.

CBS Chicago–06/25/2012

Illinois State Seal

Torture Investigation Panel To Shut Down After State Eliminates Funding

A state commission set up to investigate claims of police torture is about to close up shop.

CBS Chicago–06/05/2012

Obama On NATO Summit

NATO Leaders To Discuss Paying For Afghan Army After Withdrawal

The second day of intense talks is in progress at the NATO Summit, and the major focus remains how to deal with the war in Afghanistan.

CBS Chicago–05/21/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Insists Taxpayers Won’t Pay For NATO Summit

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reassuring Chicago taxpayers that they won’t be stuck with the bill for all the activity, security and disruptions that will occur around the NATO Summit the weekend of May 19.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2012

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

Durbin, Business Leaders Frustrated With Transit Funding Deadlock

Road and mass transit construction projects nationwide could begin grinding to a halt next week unless a deadlock over funding is broken in Congress, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is getting impatient.

WBBM Newsradio–03/26/2012

Chicago News Cooperative

Chicago News Cooperative To Suspend Operations Sunday

The Chicago News Cooperative has suspended publication, after 2 1/2 years of providing local news articles online and content for the Midwest pages of the New York Times.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2012

Rep. Daniel Lipinski, Rep. Robert Dold

Reps Lipinski, Dold: Don’t End Gas Tax Funding For Mass Transit

A pair of Illinois congressmen reached across the aisle to fight against ending gas tax funding for public transit.

WBBM Newsradio–02/13/2012

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Schakowsky: Backlash Forced Komen To Restore Planned Parenthood Funds

Following a stinging backlash, The Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation will resume funding for cancer screenings through Planned Parenthood.


Money (CBS)

Legislative Maneuver Making Pension Funds Appear Deficient

legislative maneuver made nearly three years ago is causing some state employee pension funds to appear less funded than they really are.

WBBM Newsradio–01/12/2012

U.S.currency. (credit: BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Health Agency Re-Hiring After Getting Funding Restored

Those who help the homeless, drug addicted and mentally ill are celebrating funding restoration by Illinois lawmakers–and one major agency is already planning to rehire laid-off staffers.


Dan Ryan Expressway

Lawmakers: Loss Of Federal Highway Funds Could Cost Illinois 65,000 Jobs

A bipartisan push is underway from key lawmakers, who want to extend a federal highway bill and save jobs in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–09/12/2011

CTA 'L' Train (File Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA Won’t Impose Fare Hike–For Now

The CTA won’t raise fares for the rest of 2011, but is making no promises beyond that.