Fairdale Street Scene_Ed Curran

Lawmakers Seek Disaster Aid For Businesses Damaged By Fairdale Tornado

The congressional delegation for Illinois is asking President Barack Obama to make a disaster declaration allowing small businesses to get loans in recovery from severe storms and tornadoes in northern Illinois in April.


Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Lawmakers To Take 12 Unpaid Furlough Days

Illinois lawmakers will take a pay cut starting next month under a new law signed Saturday by Gov. Pat Quinn.


Illinois State Capitol

Typo In Budget Plan Would Cap Illinois Spending At $35K

Illinois lawmakers are trying to keep a lid on spending, but a drafting error in a budget plan they approved would allow only $35,000 to run the entire state government for a year.


Barges floating on the Mississippi River near Burlington, Iowa, along the Illinois border. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Army Corps Declines Request To Boost Mississippi River Level

The Army Corps of Engineers has turned back requests by federal lawmakers and the barge industry to release more water from the Missouri River, believing the drought-starved Mississippi River it feeds still will remain open to shipping despite mounting concerns about water levels.


Illinois Senate Chambers

Some Lawmakers Join State Workers Demanding Raises

Thousands of state workers are still fighting for the pay raises the governor canceled this summer, and some lawmakers are now joining the fight.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2012

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (right). [Credit: CBS]

Quinn: Indiana’s Push For ‘Right To Work’ Law Won’t Hurt Illinois

As Indiana lawmakers head toward final passage of so-called “right to work” legislation, Gov. Pat Quinn is calling it a bad move that won’t help Indiana compete with Illinois for business.

WBBM Newsradio–01/31/2012

The headquarters of Sears Holding Corporation rises above the trees on the company's corporate campus in Hoffman Estates. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Illinois House Approves Tax Breaks For Sears, CME

The Illinois House has approved a package of tax breaks designed to keep retail giant Sears and the Chicago-based financial exchanges


The headquarters of Sears Holding Corporation rises above the trees on the company's corporate campus in Hoffman Estates. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Consider Tax Breaks For Sears, CME

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield today to finish the fall veto session.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Madigan Wants Lawmakers Involved In Labor Negotiations

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) says if lawmakers are supposed to find a way to build the state payroll, they should be involved in negotiating labor contracts.

WBBM Newsradio–11/08/2011

ComEd Voltage Sign (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Override Quinn’s Veto Of ‘Smart Grid’ Legislation

Overriding a veto from Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois lawmakers have given power companies in Illinois authority to raise rates every year for the next decade to pay for modernizing the state’s power grid.


A .38 Caliber Pistol. (CBS)

Lawmakers Shoot Down Concealed Carry Legislation

A measure to allow Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms has failed in the Illinois House, despite support from most Republicans and some conservative Democrats.

CBS Chicago–05/05/2011

Walter Jacobson

Walter: Illinois Already Full Of Do-Nothing Politicians

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson isn’t thrilled that Wisconsin lawmakers are taking it on the lam to Illinois.


Wisconsin Protest

Wisconsin Democrats Still Hiding Out In Illinois

Wisconsin Democrats who left the state to block a vote on sweeping anti-union legislation might stay in hiding for weeks.

WBBM Newsradio–02/18/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Worker’s Comp Reform Could Delay Borrowing

Lawmakers left two big pieces of unfinished business when they went home after voting to raise income taxes. One would make Ill. a less expensive place to do business, and the other would get billions of dollars into charities and companies struggling to survive.


Illinois State Capitol

GOP Wants To Block Votes By Lame Duck Lawmakers

Illinois House Republicans want to change the Illinois Constitution to put an end to the General Assembly’s lame duck sessions following an election.

WBBM Newsradio–01/15/2011