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Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. gives a thumbs up after leaving federal prison on Thursday. (Credit: CBS)

Former Congressman Jackson Arrives At Halfway House

Jackson left the Montgomery Federal Prison Camp on Maxwell Air Force Base through a back gate, avoiding the media. He arrived hours later in Baltimore.

03/26/2015

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds on personal purchases. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Jesse Jackson Jr. Spending Final Hours Behind Bars

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from prison to a halfway house early Thursday morning, and his stay there may not last long.

03/25/2015

Archbishop Blase Cupich accepts the crozier of former Cardinal Francis Mundelein at Holy Name Cathedral. (Photo by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

Archbishop Cupich Moving Quickly To Reorganize Archdiocese

Major reorganization and downsizing is underway at the Archdiocese of Chicago.

03/24/2015

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds on personal purchases. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Jesse Jackson Jr. Set To Be Released From Prison Thursday

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports Jackson will be released from an Alabama federal prison camp sometime Thursday,

03/24/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and challengerr Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (right) are running first and second in the latest polls in the five-man race for mayor. (Credit: CBS)

Mayoral Candidates Tangle Over City Finances, Red-Light Cameras At First Debate

In a rapid-fire hour of questions and answers, Emanuel sounded definitive about the city’s budget problems and how to solve them, while Garcia, a Cook County commissioner, sought to cast doubt on the incumbent’s plans.

03/16/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and challengerr Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (right) are running first and second in the latest polls in the five-man race for mayor. (Credit: CBS)

Mayoral Opponents Downplay Poll Showing Emanuel Pulling Ahead Of Garcia

The latest Chicago Tribune poll shows Rahm Emanuel favored by 51 percent of voters surveyed – a clear majority – versus 37 percent for Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Eleven percent of voters said they were undecided.

03/13/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia outlines part of his budget plan for the city, with less than a month until the runoff election against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Garcia Gives Some Details On Budget Plan, Still Mum On Revenue

Saying the city is teetering on a financial cliff, mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Friday outlined the first specifics of his budget plans, though he remained vague on key details.

03/13/2015

Millionaire businessman Willie Wilson, who came in third in the race for mayor, endorsed Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in the upcoming runoff against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Wilson Backs Garcia In Race For Mayor

After repeatedly meeting with both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia over the past few weeks, businessman Willie Wilson threw his support behind Garcia in the upcoming runoff election.

03/12/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel with Andrew Wells, Sr. Managerof the Chicago Urban League, talking about  economic development in depressed areas in Back of the Yards neighborhood. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Proposes ‘Right To Thrive’ Zones, Wilson Endorses Garcia

Challenger Commissioner Chuy Garcia is reacting cooly to Mayor Emanuel’s proposals for so-called “Right to Thrive” zones in some poorer neighborhoods, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/11/2015

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)

As Mayoral Campaigns Spar on City Finances, Alderman Admits Property Tax Increase Likely

The mayoral run-off campaign took an unexpected turn Monday, as one alderman hinted property tax increases are in the works no matter who’s elected.

03/09/2015

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Credit: CBS)

Schock Defends Taxpayer-Paid Trip To New York For Staffers

Illinois GOP Congressman Aaron Schock, once the toast of the town, courted by party leaders and powerbrokers, was confronted by reporters Monday about an ongoing ethics investigation about using taxpayer dollars on private planes.

03/09/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (Credit: CBS)

Competing Endorsements Roll In For Emanuel, Garcia

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes of the Chicago mayoral race.

02/27/2015

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Sparks Fly At Forum Over Obama Library Location

The president of a group opposing proposals to put President Barack Obama’s library on South Side park land is skeptical of a poll saying area residents support the project.

02/26/2015

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson (Credit: CBS)

Wilson Meets With Fioretti While Weighing Endorsement Of A Mayoral Candidate

Ald. Bob Fioretti and businessman Willie Wilson are out of the mayoral race, but not without clout. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

02/26/2015

Chicago Teachers Union Karen Lewis appears in a video posted online. (YouTube)

Winners And Loser’s From Tuesday’s Election

There were plenty of winners and losers after Tuesday’s election, including many who weren’t even on the ballot.

02/25/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Willie Wilson (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Meets With Former Challenger Willie Wilson

Mayor Emanuel was right back out on the campaign trail Wednesday. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent reports in addition to meeting with potential voters Wednesday, he also reached out to a former candidate.

02/25/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council To Have At Least Eight New Aldermen After Tuesday’s Election

At least 8 of the 50 aldermen will be new due to vacancies, deaths or remaps.

02/23/2015

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CBS2 Social: Who Will Be Chicago’s Next Mayor?

CHICAGO (CBS) — The countdown to the 2015 Chicago mayoral election has begun. On this week’s edition of CBS2 Social, Chief Political Correspondent Jay Levine and political producer Ed Marshall join Wendy Widom, CBS2’s social […]

02/20/2015

US President Barack Obama (R) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (C) arrive to speak at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago, Illinois, February 19, 2015. Obama designated the Pullman Historic District as a National Monument. The district was founded by railroad car manufacturer, engineer and industrialist George Pullman in 1880. AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama To The Rescue? President Is All Smiles — And Praise — For Mayor Emanuel

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine was on hand as the president formally made Pullman a national monument — and as he spoke highly of Rahm Emanuel, his former White House chief of staff.

02/19/2015

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

Rauner Calls For Billions In Budget Cuts

Delivering his first budget address since winning office last fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner said his plan would end “the irresponsible and reckless practices of the past.” He said lawmakers must be willing to make politically unpopular decisions to close a more than $6 billion budget hole next year.

02/18/2015

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