General Assembly

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

Former Quinn Aide Denies NRI Program Launched To Influence Election

Democrats and Republicans on a state panel looking into the governor’s scandal-plagued 2010 anti-violence program were accusing each other of playing politics on Thursday as former Quinn administration aides testified in Chicago.


State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton: Illinois Pension Problem Not ‘Crisis’

With lawmakers preparing to return to Springfield this week to address the state’s most pressing issues, Senate President John Cullerton is suggesting the $97 billion Illinois pension shortfall isn’t as dire as other top leaders contend.


Same Sex Marriage

Business Leaders Come Out In Support Of Illinois Marriage Equality

A group of 50 Illinois business leaders and organizations have come out in support of marriage equality in Illinois.


State Rep. La Shawn Ford walks through a crowd of dozens of supporters at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, after pleading not guilty to bank fraud charges on Dec. 11, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

New State Legislature Includes Three Facing Criminal Charges

It’s a dubious distinction for the new class of Illinois lawmakers being sworn in Wednesday in Springfield.


Illinois GOP Chairman: No Use Complaining About Re-Map

The state’s Republican Party chairman says yesterday’s losses are nothing to whine about.


Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Pension Clock Ticking As Lawmakers Convene In Springfield

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on the slim chances Illinois lawmakers will fix the state’s pension mess in an election year.


(Photo by By: Tim Boyle/ Getty Images)

‘Smart Grid’ Bill Supporters Working To Override Quinn’s Veto

Supporters of the recently vetoed “Smart Grid” bill are trying to garner enough support to override the governor, and the efforts may be working.

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Plans To Lay Off 1,900 Workers, Close 7 Facilities

Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that he is moving to lay off more than 1,900 state employees and close seven state facilities , blaming Illinois lawmakers for sending him a budget that had $2.2 billion less in revenue than he wanted.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2011

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Democratic Remap Moves Closer To Governor’s Desk

The re-drawing of the map is almost done in Illinois, and the state Senate is expected to vote on new Congressional lines today.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2011

Illinois State Capitol

No New State Budget As Legislative Session Winds Down

In Springfield, the clock is ticking towards the end of the spring legislative session. Some things are getting done, but, the big one – a new state budget – so far, is not.

WBBM Newsradio–05/18/2011

Tanning bed (CBS)

Tanning Salon Owners, Teens Object To Proposed Regulations

An effort is under way in Illinois that could prevent minors under 18 from using tanning salons, even with parental consent. Both the Illinois House and Senate have seen bills introduced this session to keep minors out of tanning salons.


File Photo: Handguns (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Quinn To Fight Efforts To Pass Concealed-Carry Gun Law

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday vowed to fight any type of legislation that would allow Illinoisans to carry concealed weapons in public.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2011

Gavel, Court, Generic Sized Image

Indiana Anti-Bolting Law Seems To Have Fizzled

When Indiana house democrats fled the state for 34 days in February and March, the Republicans talked about preventing “bolting” by making it illegal.

CBS Chicago–04/11/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Gov. Quinn ‘Still Listening To Both Sides’ On Death Penalty

Earlier this month the General Assembly voted to abolish the death penalty. But Gov. Quinn has yet to sign the legislation.


Carol Moseley Braun

Braun Slams State Income Tax Hike

Mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun is blasting the Illinois General Assembly’s approval of a massive income tax hike.

WBBM Newsradio–01/13/2011

(Credit: Illinois Department Of Revenue)

Business Owners Decry Tax Hike Plan

Some local businesses were warning of potential cutbacks and layoffs – perhaps even moving out of state – in light of a looming income tax hike in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

UPDATED: Quinn Defends Income Tax Hike

Gov. Pat Quinn is defending his support for a massive income tax increase, saying the state was facing a crisis and “we had to take decisive action.”

CBS Chicago–01/12/2011

Illinois Senate Chambers

Lawmakers Vote To Abolish Death Penalty In Illinois

Illinois lawmakers have approved legislation to abolish the death penalty in Illinois, sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn on the last day of the lame-duck legislative session.


Illinois State Capitol

Stalemate On Income Tax Debate

Lawmakers in Springfield still cannot come to an agreement on whether to increase the state income tax before the new Illinois General Assembly is sworn in later this week.

CBS Chicago–01/10/2011

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

First Elected Term Brings Big Challenges For Quinn

Even if state lawmakers approve a major income tax hike as Gov. Pat Quinn is inaugurated for his first elected term, the state’s budget problems will last long after he’s sworn in on Monday.