2 Investigators: In Cook County, The Dead Get Tax ExemptionsThe assessor's office is chasing down living property owners who are wrongly claiming breaks on property taxes by using identities of the deceased. CBS 2's Pam Zekman reports.
Aldermen Back Tougher Fines For GraffitiThe Committee on Public Safety on Thursday recommended the full City Council approve increased fines for those convicted of graffiti offenses from $750 to a range of $1,500 to $2,500.
City Expands Assault Weapons Ban, Hikes Penalties For Gun Crimes Near SchoolsBy a unanimous vote, Chicago aldermen approved two new gun control laws on Wednesday, at a special City Council meeting called by the mayor.
Mayor Sets Special City Council Session For New Gun OrdinancesMayor Rahm Emanuel has called for a special session of the City Council next week, to vote on updates to the city’s assault weapons ban; and stiffer penalties for gun crimes near schools, on school buses, and along Safe Passage routes to and from school.
House Panel Recommends Expelling Rep. SmithA special Illinois House committee has recommended that State Rep. Derrick Smith be expelled from the House, over allegations he took a $7,000 bribe.
Inspector General: City Board Of Ethics Is Falling ShortThe agency that oversees ethics issues for City Hall is reportedly falling down on the job.
Tunney Wants To Crack Down On Parking Permit Resales Near WrigleyAld. Tom Tunney (44th) wants to crack down on Wrigleyville residents who sell their neighborhood parking permits.
Hanley: Ohio State AD Gene Smith 'Clueless'Gene Smith, the clueless Ohio State athletic director, shouldn't be the only one "disappointed with the NCAA's decision" Tuesday. Smith's disappointed? How about the players who are still bound to the now non-Bowl-eligible Buckeyes next year?
Alderman Introduce Proposed Change In Marijuana PenaltiesAldermen have introduced an ordinance that would reduce the penalties for small amounts of marijuana, but they are in no hurry to pass it.
Quinn Signs 'Rebecca's Law' Stiffening Penalties For TorturersGov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will toughen the penalties for abusers who torture their victims, after a man who brutally tortured his wife ended up being sentenced to just 4 1/2 years in prison.