Lawmaker Wants To Make GED Tests Free For Homeless YouthA state senator from Chicago wants to help homeless youth get high school equivalency certificates, also known as GEDs, by allowing them to take the exam for free.
Big Debates Expected On Illinois Bills On Unions, CollegesThe Democrat-led Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto last month of a bill to add funding for community colleges and tuition grants for low-income students.
Urlacher Brother, Now Mayor Of Northwest Suburb, Eyes State Senate SeatCBS 2's Brad Edwards pays a visit to Mettawa, Illinois, for the story.
Illinois Senate Rejects Rauner's Veto Of Anti-Heroin BillSenate Democrats bucked Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto Wednesday in instituting a law to fight heroin abuse in Illinois, but ran into predictable Republican derision when they approved spending $3.8 billion to fund a variety of programs from breast cancer screenings to lottery prizes.
Governor, Democrats Still At Odds In Face Of Partial Government ShutdownHouse 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.
State Budget Deadline Looms With No Compromise In SightIt’s a race against the clock in Springfield, with lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner facing a midnight deadline to reach a deal on the state budget so no state services are interrupted.
Lawmakers Return To Springfield; 8 Days Before Budget DueThe Illinois General Assembly makes what has become its weekly return to Springfield with a state budget still unresolved and only eight days before it's due.
Lawmakers OK Pilot Program To Replace Snow Days With Online ClassesThe idea is to turn snow days – or days off school due to extreme cold, or heavy snow – into so-called “e-learning days,” when school districts could provide online instruction to students.
Activists Rally Against Rauner's Proposed Budget CutsEven though Democrats control the House and Senate, and approved a budget plan that is more than $3 billion in the red, state Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) wasn’t prepared to say his party shares in the blame for the budget cuts.
Lawmakers OK Return Of Happy Hour To IllinoisThe state has banned happy hour drink specials since 1989, in an effort to cut down on drunk driving, though bars and restaurants were still allowed to designate “happy days,” when they could offer discounted drinks on a specific day of the week.
House Passes Plan For Separate Agency To Run Lincoln LibraryThe Illinois House has approved a plan to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum its own agency but scuttled the governor's proposed privatization of business development in the state.
Tempers Flare As Democrats Continue To Reject Rauner's AgendaOn Wednesday, an Illinois Senate committee voted down the governor’s proposed changes to workers’ compensation laws, and on Thursday the Judiciary Committee debated Rauner’s plan to overhaul the state’s civil court system – specifically, lawsuits seeking financial damages.