Politics

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Says City Helping Families Hurt By Rauner’s Cuts To Early Education Program

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s taking steps to protect children who could be shoved out of an early education program, because of Rauner administration cuts, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

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City of Chicago garbage truck (Credit: CBS)

African-American Aldermen Question Potential Garbage Collection Fee

6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer says he is neither for nor against imposing a fee on home garbage collections, he wants to hear more about it.

08/31/2015

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Hundreds Protest Planned Parenthood Outside Aurora Clinic

The controversy over videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses drew hundreds of people to a protest outside of the group’s Aurora clinic this morning.

08/22/2015

Protesters at the GOP Day at the Illinois State Fair. (Credit: CBS)

Governor’s Day At Illinois State Fair Draws Protesters

Party crashers tried to dampen the mood at the Illinois State Fair for the first Republican Governor’s Day in 13 years.

08/19/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Distancing Himself From Rauner’s Latest Budget Proposal

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is distancing himself from Governor Rauner’s latest budget proposal, which the governor says was negotiated with Emanuel among others, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/18/2015

Governor Bruce Rainer talks to reporters at his Chicago office. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Gov. Rauner Calls For Property Tax Freeze, Local Control Over Collective Bargaining In Latest Budget Proposal

Governor Rauner says his latest plan would freeze property taxes statewide for two years. It doesn’t include term limits or voter redistricting but he says it does help Chicago Public Schools.

08/17/2015

Illinois Becomes 23rd State With ‘Right To Try’ Legislation

House Bill 1335 which was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner, will soon give patients in Illinois the ability to try experimental drugs that may not have gone through clinical trials by the FDA, but have been tried elsewhere.

08/05/2015

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CPS CEO Claypool Insists Chicago Not Asking For Special Deal In Plan To Shore Up Teacher Pension Funds

The head of the Chicago Public Schools says he can’t understand how Governor Bruce Rauner could oppose the plan Illinois Senate Democrats passed that would help shore up the system’s teacher pension funds.

08/05/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois Senate Approves Plan To Spend $5B In Federal Funds

Illinois lawmakers approved a plan Tuesday to direct almost $5 billion in federal funds to social service agencies after one advocate described the state’s long-running budget problems as a “death march” for the organizations and the people they serve.

08/04/2015

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

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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

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