House Speaker

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois attends the unveiling of his portrait at the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. Hastert is the longest serving Republican speaker, holding the post  from 1999-2007.  (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Faces Federal Charges

Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is facing federal charges in an alleged attempt to conceal bank withdrawals of nearly $1 million paid to an individual for past misconduct on the part of the former veteran politician, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday.


Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Gov. Rauner Rattles Saber In Op-Ed Piece; Can State Budget Deadline Be Met?

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on Gov. Bruce Rauner going on the offensive.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Report: GOP Wants To Make Resentment Of Madigan A Campaign Issue

The criticism of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) by Republicans is on the rise.

CBS Chicago–06/18/2012

Michele Piszczor

Opponent: Lots Of People ‘Cannot Stand’ Speaker Madigan

A woman challenging Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) for his Southwest Side legislative seat says she’s not discouraged.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Gov. Quinn: Fix Pensions ‘Once And For All’

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn pledged Tuesday to reform the public employee pension system “once and for all” this spring.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Madigan Seeks More Control For Lawmakers In Workers’ Collective Bargaining

State lawmakers would have more control in collective bargaining for state workers under a proposal introduced by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago).

WBBM Newsradio–10/26/2011

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

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

Kirk: Budget Fight Was ‘Overly Dramatic’

Sen. Mark Kirk predicted a final-hour agreement on a stopgap spending bill. But that is not why Illinois’ junior senator is pleased with the budget compromise announced late Friday.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2011

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Protests State Plan For Education Cuts

Top Illinois House leaders are proposing a big cut in education spending in the coming fiscal year.

WBBM Newsradio–04/01/2011

Gavel, Court, Generic Sized Image

Indiana GOP Moving Forward Without Dems

Indiana Republicans say they are fed up with the Democrats who fled the state nearly a month ago to prevent votes on education and labor-related legislation.

CBS Chicago–03/18/2011

Illinois House Floor

Clock Ticking On Tax Hike Proposal

The clock is ticking on Democrats’ tax hike in Springfield, and legislative leaders are now dialing back the proposal to win more votes before the deadline on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2011

Illinois General Assembly

Pension Reform May Make 2012 Ballot

A resolution that is supposed to save taxpayer money may be put into a constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot, now that it has passed a committee in the Illinois House.

WBBM Newsradio–01/05/2011

Dennis Hastert

Hastert: Hurry Up With Tax Cut Compromise

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert says the tax cut compromise between President Barack Obama and the Republicans needs to win approval now, or all taxpayers will suffer.

WBBM Newsradio–12/15/2010

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Speaker Madigan: ‘Good Chance’ For Civil Unions

The top Illinois House Democrat laid favorable odds Tuesday that a push to give gay and lesbian couples the right to unite through civil unions would be approved by his legislative chamber.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2010

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Could Madigan’s Run Be Coming To An End?

Could this Election Day mean the end of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s long run?

CBS Chicago–11/02/2010