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U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk (right) and Dick Durbin speak to students at a charter school at Naval Station Great Lakes on May 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Kirk Says Progress Continues As He Discusses Stroke Rehab With Students

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk made a symbolic return to his former Congressional District on the North Shore on Friday, four months after returning to work in Congress.

CBS 2–05/03/2013

U.S. President Barack Obama announces that he will nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama Taps Penny Pritzker As Commerce Secretary

Another Chicagoan could soon join President Barack Obama’s Cabinet. The president nominated billionaire and longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker to be the next U.S. Commerce Secretary.

05/02/2013

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

Jackson Jr.’s Sentencing Could Be Delayed

Prosecutors and defense attorneys could tussle over the former congressman’s mental health. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine explains.

04/26/2013

Chicago Police Officers (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Touts Success Of Foot Patrol Saturations, But Residents Not So Sure

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Thursday that a recent move to step up foot patrols in some of the most violence-prone neighborhoods is paying off.

CBS 2–04/25/2013

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (R) and his wife Maggie, walk on stage for a swearing-in ceremony for mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel in Grant Park May 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.   Emanuel replaces former mayor Richard M. Daley, who had a 22-year run as Chicago's top politician. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Former Mayor Daley Gives Away Last Of His Campaign Cash

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley made an unusual and unusually generous gesture on Wednesday, donating more than half a million dollars from his former campaign fund to various Chicago charities and other organizations.

CBS 2–04/24/2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to members of the biotech industry at the BIO 2013 trade show McCormick Place, as part of his effort to lure jobs from Illinois to Texas. (Credit: CBS)

Rick Perry Targets West Loop Financial Firm In Pitch To Lure Jobs To Texas

Day two of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s job-poaching trip to Chicago took him to a huge trade show at McCormick Place on Tuesday. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has learned which Chicago company he has in his sights: Performance Trust, a financial services firm based in the West Loop.

CBS 2–04/23/2013

Timothy Evans

Evans: ‘No Question’ Witnesses Have Been Killed After Courtroom Cell Phone Recordings

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans on Friday defended the decision to begin implementing a ban on cell phones and other electronic communication at courthouses, saying he’s concerned about witnesses being intimidated, or worse.

04/12/2013

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 05: A fan snaps a photo outside of Wrigley Field before the opening day game between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field on April 5, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs Want Pedestrian Bridge Linking Hotel With Wrigley

The proposed pedestrian bridge would cross Clark Street and dramatically change the look of Wrigleyville. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

04/11/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) and his brother Zeke. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Brothers: ‘We Used To Be Very Competitive’

Rahm Emanuel’s older brother, Zeke, is revealing a side of the mayor most people have never seen before, in an illuminating new book about their family.

CBS 2–04/05/2013

Zeke Emanuel, left, and his brother Rahm Emanuel. (CBS)

Mayor’s Brother Offers Insight Into Rahm Emanuel With New Book

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother, Zeke, offers a revealing portrait of Chicago’s top elected official in a new book he was signing in Winnetka Thursday.

04/04/2013

Wrigley Field. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Sources: Wrigley Renovation Deal Could Be Done By Home Opener

The Chicago Cubs and their Wrigleyville neighbors appeared close to an agreement Tuesday to give Cubs owners the green light for their planned renovation of the team’s landmark stadium.

CBS 2–04/02/2013

Cardinal George talks with reporters Monday about the pope's resignation. (CBS)

Cardinal George Has Short List For Next Pope

One day after Pope Benedict resigned, the Vatican is in a state of flux, with no clear indication who among a dozen or more possible contenders might be elected a successor.

03/01/2013

People crowd the gallery on top of St Peter's Basilica as a helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI passes by on its way out of Vatican City on February 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The Pontiff is flying to Castel Gandolfo where he will cease to be Pope at 8:00pm local time. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He will stay at the Papal Summer residence of Castel Gandolfo until renovations are complete at a monastery in the grounds of the Vatican and will be known as  Roman pontiff emeritus or pope emeritus.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Catholics Offer Benedict Prayers As He Officially Steps Down

Pope Benedict XVI ended his eight-year pontificate of the Catholic Church on Thursday, becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

02/28/2013

Cardinal Francis George (Credit: CBS)

Cardinal George In Good Health, Says American Could Be Selected Pope

Chances for an American pope are greater than ever before, Francis Cardinal George tells CBS 2 Chief correspondent Jay Levine.

02/21/2013

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

Jackson Jr: ‘I Am Guilty, Your Honor’

An emotional former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds.

02/20/2013

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

Jesse Jackson Jr. Plea Deal Could Be Filed As Soon As Friday

Formal charges against Jesse Jackson Jr. could be filed as soon as Friday and Tuesday at the latest. His plea has also implicated his wife, leading to tax fraud charges against her.

02/14/2013

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual 'state of the world' address to accredited ambassadors at the Regia Hall on January 7, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. During his address Pope Benedict XVI appealed for an end to the conflict in Syria which he described as being "torn apart by endless slaughter". (Photo by Stefano Carofei - Vatican Pool via Getty Images)

Pope’s Resignation A Shock For Many Catholics

Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to step down has surprised many Catholics around the world, including church leadership in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2013

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Jackson Jr. Has Signed ‘Blind Plea’ Deal With Feds

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors, a deal which calls for him to plead guilty to misuse of campaign funds and let a federal judge determine whether he serves any time in prison, CBS 2 has learned.

02/07/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Assault Weapons Ban, Pension Reform

Governor Pat Quinn has told Illinois lawmakers the state is at a critical juncture, and he’s outlined an ambitious legislative wish list.

02/06/2013

Chicago Police Department District 1 station. (Credit: Mike Krauser/WBBM Newsradio)

200 Police Desk Officers To Go On Patrol

Facing one of its deadliest months in a decade, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy will announce on Thursday that 200 officers currently on desk duty will be put on the streets.

01/31/2013

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