Jay Levine

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Republicans Fire Back On Madigan’s Budget Proposal

In Springfield today, accusations of a nonsensical political theater and a path to a phony budget as Republicans fired back at powerful House Speaker Mike Madigan, reports CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

05/26/2015

A portion of Chicago's new riverwalk opens this weekend. (CBS)

New Stretch Of Riverwalk Project Opens This Weekend

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine offers a preview.

05/22/2015

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.

05/21/2015

Damage inside the Illinois Governor's Mansion. (Credit: CBS)

Fundraising Effort Aims To Repair Rundown Governor’s Mansion

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports they are trying to raise as much $9 million or more.

05/20/2015

Chicago police officers Maribel Rosario, George Whiting and Raul Torres. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Police Trying To Build Trust With Community Amid Rising Tension

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has the straight scoop from police brass, and street cops alike on how they’re trying to change their image. how’re they doing.

05/19/2015

James R. Thompson Center

State Exploring Potential Sale Of Thompson Center

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the Rauner administration is moving full speed ahead to see if it really makes sense to sell the James R. Thompson Center and move more than 2,000 state employees elsewhere.

05/13/2015

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the ongoing negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program on April 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. In exchange for Iran's agreement to curb their country's nuclear proliferation, the United States would lift some of the crippling sanctions imposed. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Obama Library Announcement Set, But Rahm Not Celebrating Until It’s Official

The long-awaited formal announcement of a decision made months ago is now less than a day away. It’s been known for nearly two weeks that the Barack Obama Presidential Library will be built in Chicago on the South Side, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t claiming victory until it’s official.

05/11/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to the Chicago City Council about his agenda for addressing the state's budget woes, and helping the city with its own financial problems. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Pitches Controversial Agenda To “Lions’ Den” At Chicago City Hall

Minutes before Bruce Rauner became the first sitting governor in memory to address the Chicago City Council, aldermen unanimously passed a resolution rejecting his call to create so-called “right-to-work zones,” which would allow workers to choose if they want to join unions, or pay dues in jobs organized by labor unions.

05/06/2015

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Married Priests Wouldn’t ‘Surprise’ Archbishop Cupich

The possibility of married Roman Catholic priests was part of a candid and revealing conversation with Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich.

05/05/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (L) stand at the campaign headquarters for 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns in Chicago, Illinois, February 19, 2015.  (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago’s South Side To Get Obama Library: Sources

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on how the public is expected to hear the formal news in the coming days.

04/30/2015

Forrest Claypool

Mayor Emanuel Taps CTA Boss As His Next Chief Of Staff

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the mayor’s gain could be bus and train riders’ loss.

04/24/2015

Visitors pay their final respects to Francis Cardinal George, eighth Archbishop of Chicago, at Holy Name Cathedral on April 21, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. George died on April 17 after a long battle with cancer. George's funeral mass and burial will take place on April 23.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Cardinal Francis George Honored As ‘Man Of Compassion For All Who Suffered’

Approximately 2,000 mourners packed Holy Name Cathedral on Thursday, as they gathered for the funeral mass for the late Cardinal Francis George.

04/23/2015

Religious leaders from several different faiths offer praise for Cardinal George, who died last week. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago’s Religious Leaders Pay Their Respects To Cardinal George

On the second day of visitation for Francis Cardinal George, leaders from several different religions gathered to honor the retired archbishop who died last week.

04/22/2015

Cardinal George

Bishop Describes Final Moments Beside Cardinal George

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine spoke with a bishops who was at the cardinal’s bedside when he died.

04/20/2015

Cardinal Francis George in Rome (CBS)

Cardinal George Overcame Setbacks To Lead Hometown Archdiocese

Francis Cardinal George was a son of the city’s Northwest Side, schooled at St. Pascal’s in Portage Park. He had an unusually early vision of his destiny. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine looks back on George’s career.

04/17/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Candidates For Mayor Take Campaigns To Cubs’ Opening Night

The final weekend of campaign 2015 found the two candidates for mayor racing all over the city, but both ended up in the same place Sunday night: Wrigley Field for Opening Night.

04/06/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins campaign volunteers at a phone bank on Friday, four days ahead of the runoff election. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel: Without Right Leadership, Business Climate Would Be A ‘Horror Flick’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said businesses and jobs have been lured to Chicago, and stayed in the city, because he has the right stuff to keep them here.

04/03/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Garcia, Emanuel Flooding Airwaves In Final Week Before Election

It is shaping up to be an expensive week for both candidates as they battle for supremacy of the TV air waves.

03/31/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Emanuel, Garcia Each Claim Credit For High Number Of Early Voters

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and rival Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia are expressing very different views about the high number of early votes cast ahead of their upcoming election April 7, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/30/2015

Former Chicago congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. arrives at a Baltimore halfway house, amid a throng of reporters. (CBS)

Jesse Jackson Jr. Begins New Life In Halfway House

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has returned from the Baltimore, Md. halfway house Jackson will call home for an undetermined amount of time.

03/27/2015

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