Politics

Aldermen meet in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. (Credit: CBS)

City Council Approves Ordinance Ending Free Garbage Pick Up Exemptions For Large Multi-Unit Buildings

The Chicago City Council has approved ending free garbage collections for hundreds of large multi-unit residential buildings among a flurry of other actions, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/29/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Rauner Praises House Vote To Block Lawmaker Pay Raise

epublican Gov. Bruce Rauner is praising a vote by the Illinois House of Representatives to block a contentious pay raise for lawmakers.

07/28/2015

Mayor Emanuel at Garfield Park discussing pensions, police shootings and parks. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Mayor Emanuel Refuses To Discuss Alternatives If State Supreme Court Shoots Down City Pension Deal

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is refusing to discuss alternate plans if the city’s pension agreement continues to be shot down by the courts, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/28/2015

City Council

City Council Committee Votes To End Free Garbage Exemptions For Large Multi-Unit Buildings

Free garbage pick-up for some 1,800 residential buildings is a step closer to ending in Chicago. Aldermen have taken a preliminary vote to end the deal, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/28/2015

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)

Rauner Challenging Lawmakers To Pass Reforms Or Raise Taxes

The governor issued a challenge to Democrats: support reforms or raise taxes.

07/08/2015

State Senator Darin LaHood. (Credit: http://www.senatorlahood.com.)

LaHood Wins Illinois GOP Race To Replace Ex-US Rep. Schock

State Sen. Darin LaHood won the GOP nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, defeating an anti-establishment conservative writer in a heavily Republican swath of central Illinois.

07/07/2015

Emanuel visits with teenagers working on sprucing up infrastructure as part of summer jobs program. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel: Violent Weekend Not A Sign That Anti-Violent Strategies Are Failing

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says police are doing all they can to quell violence on the streets, but the problem requires having fewer guns on the streets and more moral values in the homes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/06/2015

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Chicago Area Politicians Call For More Money To Implement Positive Train Control

Chicago area political leaders are urging Washington to spend more money to increase train safety, reports WBBM’s Cisco Cotto.

07/06/2015

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS)

Sen. Kirk Pushing To Maintain Funding For Grants Promoting Interest In Space, Science

Senator Mark Kirk says President Barack Obama wanted to cut, by a third, the Space Grant Program that funds research, education and service projects designed to promote an interest in space and the sciences.

07/06/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Temporary State Budget Plan Falls Short In Illinois House

A temporary budget to keep Illinois government operating in a new fiscal year has failed in the House, but one is still alive because the Senate OK’d an identical measure.

07/01/2015

Gavel File Photo (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ACLU Obtains Court Orders To Maintain State Funding To Help People With Disabilities

The American Civil Liberties Union says it’s gotten court orders keeping state budget money flowing to help many people with physical and psychological disabilities, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/01/2015

Chicago Public Schools Logo

CPS Makes Full Pension Payment; 1,400 Layoffs Expected

The Chicago Board of Education made its pension payment on schedule Tuesday, but at a cost — massive layoffs.

06/30/2015

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Amtrak Not Planning On Service Cuts Heading Into New Fiscal Year

If you’re ticketed on an Amtrak train to or from downstate points over the July 4 weekend, don’t worry — your train will be running, despite the state’s fiscal crisis and impending funding cuts.

06/27/2015

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Defends Plan To Raise Cook County Sales Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is defending her attempt to bring back the sales tax increase she vowed to eliminate when she first ran for the office, reports WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.

06/24/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

With Payment To Teachers’ Pension Fund Looming, Emanuel Calls On Springfield To Help

With a major payment deadline just over a week away, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Springfield has to help Chicago work out its public school budget problems, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

06/22/2015

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State Rep. Calls For Liability Insurance Requirement For Gun Owners

The church slaughter committed by a young man with a gun in Charleston is the reason behind a plan for a new type of gun legislation here in Illinois, reports WBBM’s Bob Roberts.

06/20/2015

Aldermen meet in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. (Credit: CBS)

Despite Few Misgivings, City Council Approves $1.1 Billion Bond Issue

The Chicago City County today quickly approved a $ 1.1 billion dollar bond issue that the Emanuel administration asked for, despite a few misgivings, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/17/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Emanuel: Compromise Needed In State Budget Battle

Mayor Emanuel says the increasing war of words in the battle over the state budget isn’t likely to help resolve the differences, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

06/16/2015

Chicago City Council Chambers (CBS)

City Council Finance Committee Signs Off On Billion Dollars In New Bonds

The Chicago City Council Finance Committee has signed off on Mayor Emanuel’s plan to add another billion dollars to the city’s debt load, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

06/15/2015

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)

NW Side Pastor Leading Petition Drive Against Rauner’s Proposed Budget Cuts

A Northwest Side Church is leading a petition drive asking Governor Rauner to reconsider proposed funding cuts.

06/14/2015

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