Politics

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

Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert arrives for his arraignment at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on June 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Hastert was in court to answer charges that he knowingly lied to the FBI and intentionally evaded federal reporting requirements involving bank transactions. Hastert is alleged to have withdrawn more than $1.5 million dollars in several installments from bank accounts to make payments to an "Individual A" to cover-up sexual abuse that reportedly took place when Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School. Since Hastert was charged, other reports of sexual abuse by Hastert have surfaced.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Hastert Case Not First Media Frenzy At Dirksen Federal Building

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov takes a look at some of the sad and surreal moments.

06/09/2015

CTU members and supporters marching downtown. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Teachers Hold March In Loop As Contract Nears End

Teachers and their supporters held a rally at the Thompson Center before moving to the streets downtown.

06/09/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to the Chicago City Council about his agenda for addressing the state's budget woes, and helping the city with its own financial problems. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Warns Cabinet Members To Prepare For Cash To Run Out

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is asking heads of state agencies to prepare for state funds to run out if he and Democratic lawmakers can’t reach a deal on a 2016 budget.

06/03/2015

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 Prepares Closures, Spending Cuts If No Budget OK’d

The governors office says since the budget is out of balance, it is taking steps now in order to save money.

06/02/2015

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson discusses his $1 million donation to his own campaign fund. (Credit: WBBM/Craig Dellimore)

Former Chicago Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson Announces Presidential Bid

Chicago businessman Willie Wilson has announced this morning he’s taking on Hillary Clinton and other Democrats in a bid to be president.

06/01/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Madigan Says House Will Be In ‘Continuous’ Summer Session

Illinois’ House Speaker says his chamber plans to be in “continuous session” throughout the summer.

05/31/2015

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Madigan Says He Is Willing To Compromise On Budget If Rauner Is “Reasonable”

Illinois House Speker Michael Madigan is disputing Governor Rauner’s characterization of him as someone unwilling to compromise, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/31/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois Lawmakers Scurry Through Bills; No Budget Deal Yet

Illinois lawmakers are tackling a long to-do list without mentioning the biggest obstacle facing the General Assembly before its Sunday adjournment deadline: a $3 billion budget deficit.

05/30/2015

Senator Rand Paul being questioned by Kristina Rasmussen of Illinois Policy Center at 1871.

Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Makes Campaign Stop In Chicago

– Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul brought his presidential campaign and his policy positions to Chicago in one of the first overtly political public visits to the city this year, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/27/2015

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Republicans Fire Back On Madigan’s Budget Proposal

In Springfield today, accusations of a nonsensical political theater and a path to a phony budget as Republicans fired back at powerful House Speaker Mike Madigan, reports CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine.

05/26/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

After Violent Weekend, Emanuel Says Stronger Gun Laws Needed

Mayor Emanuel attended a luncheon honoring police officers for valor and service above and beyond the call and he acknowledged this was a weekend with far too many shootings and deaths.

05/26/2015

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

hillary clinton

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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