Politics

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

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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

Marcus Norris. (Credit: CBS)

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

Several protesters were arrested after blocking (Credit: Mariam Sobh)

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

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

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

James R. Thompson Center

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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