Illinois State House

Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford (Credit: CBS)

Indicted State Rep. Ford Asks House To Let Him Stay

La Shawn Ford is urging his colleagues to reserve judgment and allow him to continue to serve.

11/30/2012

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

House Panel Recommends Expelling Rep. Smith

A special Illinois House committee has recommended that State Rep. Derrick Smith be expelled from the House, over allegations he took a $7,000 bribe.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Panel Shoots Down Bill Aimed At Pension Reform

Illinois officials have been emphasizing for months that changes must be made to the state pension system to deal with myriad financial problems, but sometimes, reform is easier said than done.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2012

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. Derrick Smith Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery Charge

State Rep. Derrick Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges that he accepted a $7,000 bribe.

CBS Chicago–04/30/2012

Chicago Board of Trade (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Senate Passes Tax Breaks For Sears, CME Group

The state Senate has approved a package of tax breaks designed to keep retail giant Sears and Chicago’s main financial exchanges from leaving the state.

12/13/2011

Illinois State Capitol

State House Rejects Increased Spending Plan By Senate

The work is done for the spring legislative session in Springfield.

WBBM Newsradio–06/01/2011

Power Electricity Generic

Pending Bill Would Mean Rising Electric Rates

Your electric bill could go up if the Illinois State Senate and Gov. Pat Quinn go along with a bill passed by the state House.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2011

Photo Of Gamblers Playing The Slots. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Gambling Expansion Dies In State House

One issue that died in the lame-duck legislative session was a proposed expansion of gambling.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2011

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Medical Marijuana Bill Fails In State House

A push to legalize medicinal marijuana failed in the state House on Thursday.

CBS Chicago–01/07/2011