Politics

Emanuel Says Progress On City Financial Matters Being Made In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says in Springfield, there’s progress being made on financial matters important to Chicago right now, though most of it has been behind the scenes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/20/2015

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Hillary Clinton Fundraises In Chicago As More Questions On Emails Arise

CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports Clinton is in Chicago collecting cash, but now there a new problem, to add to problems dogging the early going.

05/19/2015

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Illinois House Passes Bill Allowing Parents To Opt-Out Children From PARCC Test

Parents unhappy about the PARCC test are one step closer to a formal process for opting their children out of it now that the Illinois House has approved a bill.

05/19/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits with a business incubator program in Englewood. (Credit: Craig Dellimore.)

Startup Boot Camp Program Aims To Spur New Businesses In Chicago

The Emanuel administration is trying to spur entrepreneurial spirit on the South Aide, with a little help from Google, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/19/2015

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Mention In Emanuel’s Inauguration Speech Brings Smile To Face Of One Chicago Teen

Just a couple of hours after his inauguration, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was greeting a line of well-wishers in an open house at his City Hall office, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/18/2015

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Coalition Of Faith Groups Protest Rauner’s Budget Cuts Outside Chicago Board Of Trade

A coalition of faith based groups gathered today in front of the Chicago Board of Trade to protest Governor Rauner’s budget cuts, reports Mariam Sobh.

05/18/2015

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Rep. Quigley Says Attendance At Immigration Info Workshops Declining

While lawmakers in Washington continue to argue about immigration reform, some local representatives are trying to get people to attend a series of workshops being held across the state on the issue.

05/17/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Gov. Rauner Doles Out $400K To Fellow Illinois Republicans

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has started doling out money from his campaign fund to fellow Republicans as the Illinois Legislature approaches what could be difficult votes on several big issues. Rauner divided $400,000 […]

05/16/2015

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State Exploring Potential Sale Of Thompson Center

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the Rauner administration is moving full speed ahead to see if it really makes sense to sell the James R. Thompson Center and move more than 2,000 state employees elsewhere.

05/13/2015

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Teachers Union Files Unfair Labor Practices Complaint Against CPS

Faced with a proposed pay cut it finds insulting, the Chicago Teachers’ Union has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the state of Illinois, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

05/06/2015

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Rauner Thrilled Obama Library, Lucas Museum Are Coming To Chicago

Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s doing his part to bring the Obama Library and the George Lucas Museum to Chicago, reports WBBM’s Regine Schlesinger.

05/04/2015

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Mayor Emanuel Reveals Plans For Tackling City’s Debt

With the city’s bond rating just a couple levels above junk status, Mayor Emanuel told the Civic Federation he is ending or phasing out some of the city’s more questionable borrowing practices.

04/29/2015

Art Noonan, a retired Chicago firefighter,  spent five days at Ground Zero, which he believes contributed to his leukemia diagnosis. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Sen. Kirk Pushes For Funds To Help Ground Zero Workers Pay Medical Bills

Republican Senator Mark Kirk is giving some bipartisan support to renew money for a bill many of his colleagues were reluctant to endorse the first time around: helping pay medical bills of those who worked at Ground Zero.

04/27/2015

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett attends a Chicago Board of Education meeting. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Says Byrd-Bennett Right To Step Aside In Light Of Federal Investigation

After a brief vacation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has returned to Chicago and offered his first public comments since the scope of the federal inspection into the Chicago Public Schools came to light, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/20/2015

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Rauner Trying To Broker Mega-Deal In Illinois Legislature

Seizing on Illinois’ budget crisis as a political opportunity, Republican businessman-turned-governor Bruce Rauner is trying to broker a master deal to advance his pro-business priorities through the Legislature in exchange for new revenue to save programs near and dear to the Democrats.

04/19/2015

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City Council Committee Approves Settlements To Families Of David Koschman, Laquan McDonald

A Chicago City Committee has voted to approve two big settlements in connection with cases involving police, in one way or another, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/13/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shakes hands with Kurt Summers Jr., who the mayor nominated to replace City Treasurer Stephanie Neely. (Credit: Mayor's Office)

City Treasurer Kurt Summers Expects Springfield To Act On Pensions

One of the key players in any Chicago pension reforms says he expects some significant moves from Springfield in the coming weeks, regardless of how the State Supreme Court rules on the existing pension deals, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/12/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Judge Overturns Gov. Rauner’s Order Restricting Union Dues

A judge has issued an order requiring Illinois government agencies to immediately reinstate mandatory union dues for nonmembers.

04/11/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner touring a warehouse in Bedford Park. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

Gov. Rauner Defends Freezing Social Service Grants, Says Some Could Be Reissued

Social service agencies across Illinois are trying to figure out how to operate today after the state froze $26 million in grants on Friday, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

04/06/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia (left) gives a thumbs up sign after voting on election day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (right) greets supporters at an election day rally. Garcia forced a runoff election with Emanuel, to be held in April. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Latest Polls Show Emanuel Continues To Lead Garcia Heading Into Election Day

Two polls released by the Chicago-based polling firm Ogden and Fry show Mayor Rahm Emanuel continues to have an edge over his opponent, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia a few days ahead of the election.

04/05/2015

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