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Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson is running in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the 2nd Congressional District. (Credit: CBS)

Bloomberg Super PAC Ad Slams Halvorson’s Record On Guns

There’s a new, very high-profile, player in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, who this week alone plans to spend more money than any of the 16 Democratic candidates has been able to raise.

CBS 2–01/30/2013

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NRA Pushing Concealed Carry Measure In Springfield

In Springfield Tuesday afternoon, the first step was taken toward allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons on the streets of Illinois.

CBS 2–01/29/2013

Chicago police show off firearms seized in the Calumet District on the Far South Side, where officers have seized more guns than any other police district in the city. (Credit: CBS)

Police Stand By Crime Strategies After Bloody Weekend

Eight people were slain in various shootings in Chicago over the weekend, but Chicago police maintain their crime-fighting strategies are working.

01/28/2013

The White House viewed through a gate in front of the building. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

With Inauguration Over, Obama Administration Returns To Work

The focus returned to hot button issues like gun control, for which U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been pushing hard. Some Democrats in Congress have been hoping for compromise on at least part of their agenda.

CBS 2–01/22/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses proposed gun control measures he's introduced to the City Council. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Introduces Plan To Step Up Gun Control Measures In Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel escalated his assault on gun manufacturers on Thursday, accusing them of being more concerned with their bottom line than either public safety, or the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

CBS 2–01/17/2013

Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

22 Candidates Enter Race For Jackson’s Empty Seat In Congress

As expected, there is a very crowded field of candidates vying to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress. Seventeen Democrats and five Republicans met Monday evening’s deadline to file nominating petitions to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat in the upcoming special election.

01/07/2013

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk discusses his recovery from a stroke, a day before he returns to work at the U.S. Capitol. Kirk suffered the stroke on Jan. 23, 2012, and underwent extensive rehabilitation before his scheduled return to the Senate on Jan. 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Senator Kirk: ‘Stroke Was A Gift From God’

A day before he returns to Congress, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said the stroke he suffered last January “was a gift from God,” because of the people he’s met during his rehabilitation, and “the inner faith that I developed.”

CBS 2–01/02/2013

President Barack Obama announces that he is making an administration-wide effort to solve gun violence and has tapped Vice President Joseph Biden to lead the effort in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Obama’s Call For New Gun Control Will Have Plenty Of Backing In Chicago

President Barack Obama on Wednesday pledged to move quickly on tightening gun control laws. He formed a task force to give him recommendations within a month.

CBS 2–12/19/2012

Jonathan Jackson is not running for Congress in the special election to fill the seat left vacant by his brother, Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned last month. (Credit: CBS)

Jonathan Jackson Not Running For Jesse Jr.’s Vacant Seat In Congress

“It’s not for me, and certainly elected office is not for me at this time,” Jonathan Jackson said on Tuesday.

CBS 2–12/18/2012

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Says His Cancer Prognosis Is ‘Very, Very Hopeful’

This is the cardinal’s second with cancer. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006; this past summer, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

CBS 2–12/12/2012

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George Thinking Ahead To Retirement As He Undergoes Cancer Treatment

For the first time since being diagnosed with cancer and beginning a long and difficult course of treatment, Cardinal Francis George was speaking out about his fight for life, as well as his future.

CBS 2–12/11/2012

Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) speaks to reporters at City Hall, where she attended her first City Council committee meeting since her husband, Jesse Jackson Jr., resigned from Congress. (Credit: CBS)

Ald. Sandi Jackson Not Resigning, Not Running For Congress

Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) was back at City Hall on Tuesday, making her first public appearance since her husband, Jesse Jackson Jr., resigned from Congress last month. The alderman shot down rumors she’s planning to resign, and also insisted she’s not planning to run for her husband’s empty seat on Capitol Hill.

CBS Chicago–12/11/2012

Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

Jackson Jr. Staying In D.C. As Resignation From Congress Made Official

As Congress returned from its Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, Jesse Jackson Jr.’s resignation from Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District was made official on Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–11/27/2012

Former U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

Jackson Jr. Conference Call With Staff Cancelled

Plans for Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to speak to his staffers on Wednesday were abruptly cancelled Tuesday.

CBS 2–11/20/2012

President Barack Obama talks with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Oval Office, Nov. 16, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Emanuel Meets With Obama, Federal Officials On Transportation, Energy Projects

Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the White House on Friday, for a chat in the Oval Office with his former boss, President Barack Obama.

CBS 2–11/16/2012

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois)

Jackson Jr.’s Colleagues In Congress Add To Pressure For Answers

Several members of Illinois’s congressional delegation have joined the growing chorus of voices pressuring U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) to speak out about his ongoing medical and legal troubles.

CBS 2–11/15/2012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr leaving his house in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 15, 2012 (Photo by ABACAUSA.COM)

Jackson Jr. Avoiding Spotlight By Staying In Minnesota

A day after Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. left his second stint at the Mayo Clinic, a source close to the Jackson family said the congressman was still in Rochester, Minn., in an effort to avoid the spotlight.

CBS 2–11/14/2012

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (File Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former U.S. Prosecutor Negotiating Plea Deal For Jackson Jr.

The embattled South Side congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. would resign for health reasons, admit to misspending campaign funds and likely spend some time behind bars, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has learned.

11/09/2012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr leaving his house in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 15, 2012 (Photo by ABACAUSA.COM)

Source: Jackson Jr. Was Talked Out Of Resigning Before Election

CBS 2 has learned U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. planned to step down weeks ago, ostensibly for mental health reasons, but a legal source said he talked Jackson and his wife, Sandi, out of that decision to resign before the election.

CBS 2–11/08/2012

President Barack Obama delivers his victory speech after being reelected for a second term at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Obama Heads Back To Washington With Hard Work Ahead

President Barack Obama was on his way back to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, for the first time since his stunning Election Day victory earned him four more years in office.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2012

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