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Illinois State Capitol

September Hearing Set On Dispute Over Lawmakers’ Salary

“This is going to be a landmark case,” said Gov. Pat Quinn, who used his veto power last month to block lawmakers’ salaries over their failure to reach an agreement on pension reform.

08/06/2013

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Lake County To Sue To Block New Election Law

The legislation, approved by the governor on Monday, would strip the elected county clerk of oversight of Lake County elections, and hand those duties over to a five-member commission appointed by the county’s chief judge.

07/30/2013

Former White House Chief of Staff William Daley arrives for the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Daley Wants To Eliminate RTA

Democratic candidate for governor Bill Daley said the Regional Transportation Authority – which oversees the finances of CTA, Pace and Metra – has reached the end of the line, and should be eliminated.

07/25/2013

Taxi

Alderman Proposes Opening Up Little-Used Access Road To Taxis For A Charge

A plan to charge for a taxi along Chicago’s stealth highway is picking up some City Council support, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

07/23/2013

The Muon G-2 Storage Ring is loaded onto a truck. (Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab/Twitter)

Giant Electromagnet’s 3,200-Mile Trek To Fermilab Nearly Finished

Known as the Muon G-2 Storage Ring, the electromagnet will be used to study muons, subatomic particles with a lifetime of only 2.2 millionths of a second, in hopes of discovering new subatomic particles.

07/23/2013

In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, revealed details of top-secret surveillance conducted by the United States' National Security Agency regarding telecom data. (Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images)

Kirk: NSA Leaker Snowden Should Make His Case In court

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said if NSA leaker Edward Snowden thinks he did the right thing by revealing the agency’s sweeping data collection of U.S. phone and Internet records, he should come home and defend himself in court.

07/04/2013

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Parents Say School Cuts Have Them Considering Move To Suburbs

A group of parents and several local elected officials teamed up Tuesday to call for an end to severe budget cuts at the Chicago Public Schools.

07/02/2013

Daniel Taylor (Credit: Illinois Department of Corrections)

After 20 Years In Prison, Charges Dropped In 1992 Double Murder

A man who served two decades behind bars for the murders of two people — despite records showing he was in police custody at the time of the shooting — will soon go free, after prosecutors dropped all charges on Friday.

CBS Chicago–06/28/2013

City officials showed off the bicycles used in the Divvy bike sharing program at the 2013 Bike The Drive event in May. (Credit: CBS)

City’s Bike Sharing Program Launches Today

This is the day for a nice downtown bike ride, before or after the Blackhawks victory party.

WBBM Newsradio–06/28/2013

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BGA Questions $750K ‘Golden Parachute’ For Former Metra Boss

A government watchdog group wants the Regional Transportation Authority to look into why former Metra executive director got a severance package worth up to $750,000 when he stepped down, even though he apparently wasn’t legally entitled to any severance pay.

06/25/2013

Greyhound Bus

Study: Short-Haul Travelers Opting For Buses, Trains To Use Electronic Devices

An annual study by DePaul University has found people’s reliance on tablet computers, smart phones and other electronic devices might be driving travelers to buses and trains for short trips instead of airplanes.

WBBM Newsradio–06/25/2013

Dashboard display of a rearview backup camera in an SUV. (Credit: CBS)

Schakowsky Upset At Continued Delay In Backup Camera Rule For Cars

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said she’s angry that the U.S. Department of Transportation has – for the fifth time – delayed rules requiring rearview cameras on all new cars.

06/24/2013

U.S. Capitol Dome

Durbin Hopes Senate Immigration Deal Convinces House To Vote Yes

While chances for sweeping immigration reform have improved with a Senate package of border security measures added to a bill backed by the White House, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said the proposal remains chancy in the House.

06/21/2013

A worker removes damaged drywall from a flood-damaged home in Lombard on April 24, 2013, nearly a week after widespread flooding in the Chicago area from heavy rains. (Credit: CBS)

3 Weeks Left For Spring Flood Victims To Apply For Federal Aid

In just three weeks, local residents will lose their chance to get federal funding to pay for cleanup from flooding that hit from mid-April through early May.

WBBM Newsradio–06/18/2013

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Metra Cops To Park Cars, Board Trains This Summer

Metra police said the move was an effort to raise officers’ visibility as the summer season brings more casual riders on the trains, along with regular daily commuters.

06/12/2013

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Police Applicants Sue City, Claiming Discrimination In Hiring

The group of 40 applicants for the police academy argued they were unfairly discriminated against because they came from law enforcement families, or had military backgrounds.

06/04/2013

Will County Workers Complain Of Stench At Recorder’s Office

Workers at the Will County Recorder of Deeds office have been complaining of a rotten stench in the office, but officials haven’t been able to figure out what’s causing it.

05/22/2013

Members of the Rock Valley R/C Flyers Club prepare two model airplanes for flight. (Credit: Rock Valley R/C Flyers)

Model Airplane Flyers To Offer Alternative To Cancelled Rockford Airfest

A model airplane club has stepped up to the plate to fill the breech left by the cancellation of the Rockford Airfest, after the Blue Angels halted their air show performances due to federal budget cuts.

WBBM Newsradio–05/09/2013

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Federal Court Forces Old Post Office To Turn On Fans To Clean Union Station Air

Commuters should notice some improvement in air quality as they board Metra and Amtrak trains at Union Station.

WBBM Newsradio–05/02/2013

Ballots

DeLeshe Wins Final Stickney Village Trustee Seat On Coin Flip

Cook County Clerk David Orr flipped the coin at his downtown Chicago office, to decide the race between Lea Torres and David DeLeshe, who’d tied for third place with 573 votes in the Stickney village trustee race.

WBBM Newsradio–05/01/2013

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