Government Shutdown

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Governor, Democrats Still At Odds In Face Of Partial Government Shutdown

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) planned to call for a vote on a $2.3 billion one-month budget to avoid the shutdown, but Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office has indicated he would veto any such measure.


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.


U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Credit: CBS)

Durbin Defends Controversial Facebook Posting

Senator Dick Durbin stands by a controversial Facebook posting, but says he may take it down now that the White House has discredited it, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


The Lincoln Memorial and other national monuments and memorials were closed to the public during the partial government shutdown in early October 2013. (Credit: Todd Feurer)

Federal Workers Who Got Unemployment During Shutdown Must Pay It Back

Federal workers who received state unemployment benefits during the federal government shutdown, but who later received back pay, must repay the state of Illinois soon.


Dick Durbin

Durbin: Republican Strategy On Shutdown Was ‘A Complete Disaster’

After helping negotiate a bipartisan deal to end the partial federal government shutdown, and extend the debt limit, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he hopes House Republicans learned a lesson: “this is unacceptable.”



Jill On Money: Impact Of Shutdown, Debt Ceiling

As the current round of DC drama draws to a conclusion, CBS News Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger is here to discuss the impact of the latest crisis, as well as the cumulative impact of these types of events, on the economy.


Dan Rutherford

Rutherford: Illinois Was Prepared To Deal With Federal Government Default

The deal on Capitol Hill that avoids default and reopens the federal government is a relief to Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, but he said the state was ready if default occurred.


Bill Foster

Congressman Foster Frustrated With Lack Of Action To Reopen Government

Suburban Congressman Bill Foster (D-Ill.) says the budget impasse on Capitol Hill could be resolved easily at this point, and with a debt crisis coming, it should be.


(Credit: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

Shutdown Not Halting Medical Care At V.A. Hospital

With the shutdown dragging into its second week, money to pay healthcare workers at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago ran out last weekend, but employees are still on the job.


Rev. Jesse Jackson and Fr. Michael Pfleger join federal workers protesting the government shutdown in Federal Plaza. (Credit: Lisa Fielding)

Government Shutdown Continues, No Progress To Break Stalemate

There is no sign of a breakthrough in the federal government shutdown, which entered its eighth day on Tuesday.


A view of a the new 2009 series $100 bill (center) and the old 2006 series October 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. The new $100 bill will begin to go into circulation on October 8 and will include new security features such as a band with moving images, ink that changes color with the angle as well as a new design. (Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Federal Reserve Begins Circulating New $100 Bills

Federal dollars are at the heart the contentious battle over the federal government shutdown right now, but that wasn’t stopping the Federal Reserve from rolling out new $100 bills on Tuesday.


The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of Terminal 2 at O'Hare International Airport. (Photo credit: Mira Oberman/AFP/Getty Images)

Shutdown Affecting O’Hare Traffic Controllers

Dan Carrico of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association says his O’Hare staff is working without pay and they are without critical support staff that keep the system running, people who work quality control, mapping and training.


(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Furloughed In Chicago: For Some, The Uncertainty Is The Worst Part

What happens when the government shuts down and you’re put on furlough? Well, events might unfold like this…


Doctor Generic

Government Shutdown May Affect Local Medical Research

CHICAGO (CBS) – The partial government shutdown may affect the biomedical research planned at some Chicago hospitals. Oct. 5 is a date that researchers at Rush University have been preparing for some time. It’s the […]


Indiana Dunes Lakeshore National Park. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Shutdown Frustrates Indiana Dunes Visitors

At the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore, the signs say because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed.


Blank Social Security Checks

Anti-Shutdown Protest Held Outside Social Security Office In Chicago

The Social Security office in Chicago was the backdrop for a protest this afternoon over the partial government shutdown.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses proposed gun control measures he's introduced to the City Council. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Blasts Congressional Republicans Over Shutdown

Mayor Emanuel says most Chicago City services will be untouched by the partial federal government shutdown, but he chastises Congressional Republicans for continuing the stalemate, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Senator Kirk greets veterans at the World War II memorial on Wednesday. (Credit: Mark Kirk/Twitter)

Illinois Vets Visit Memorial Despite Government Shutdown

Some Chicago area World War II veterans are on their way to Washington on Wednesday.


Brad Schneider

Several Illinois Congressman Won’t Accept Pay During Shutdown

Several members of Congress from the Chicago area will be refusing to take their paychecks or will donate them to charity during the government shutdown.


Tourists visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. (Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Illinois Vets Fear Trip To D.C. Jeopardized By Shutdown

Will government shutdown prevent local World War II vets from plan to see the memorial in their honor?