Aaron Schock speaks with guests during the GRAMMYs on the Hill awards at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel on April 14, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Schock Reimbursed Government For Costs Of “Downton Abbey” Office Decor

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid the U.S. government $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorating his congressional office in the style of the TV show “Downton Abbey,” according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press.


Artist's rendering of renovated platform at the Damen station on the Blue Line. (Credit: CTA)

Damen Blue Line Station Closed For 2 Months

The Wicker Park neighborhood station will be closed for 63 days and is scheduled to reopen Dec. 22, according to the CTA’s website. Blue Line service is available at the adjacent stations, Western and Divison.


File photo of a Blue Line train.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

California Blue Line Station Closed For Six Weeks

One of the oldest ‘L’ stations in the city has been shut down for six weeks, to undergo a major renovation.


State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

U Of I Expected To Boost Arena Renovation Budget

The basketball arena’s renovation budget would increase from $165 million to $169.5 million if the trustees agree. The extra money would cover additional costs related to a new scoreboard, video boards, marquee and other items.


Illinois State Capitol

Quinn Makes Minor Changes To $35.7B Budget

The Chicago Democrat cut $250 million for renovations to the state Capitol from the $35.7 billion spending plan, saying the state can’t afford to move forward with improvements this year. He also said he has directed state agencies to make additional cuts, including selling half the state’s 21 airplanes.


Artistic rendering of a new "global hub" for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston. (Credit: Northwestern)

Northwestern Announces $3.75 Billion Fundraising Effort

The private suburban Chicago university says the money will be used to a series of new buildings and renovations while also endowing professorships, creating scholarships and supporting research, among other plans.


The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit:

State Supreme Court To Hold Full Term In Chicago

It’s the first time the state’s highest judicial authority is sitting for a full term outside the capital in nearly 120 years.


East view of plans for two new hotels and a 10,000-seat arena near McCormick Place. (Source: City of Chicago)

DePaul Arena Part Of Larger Plan To Revamp McCormick Place, Navy Pier

City Hall has unveiled plans to build a new arena for DePaul basketball at McCormick Place, as part of larger plans to upgrade the convention center and redesign much of Navy Pier.


Tom Ricketts

Ricketts Says He’ll Move Cubs If Wrigley Deal Not Reached, But Mayor Not Worried

For the first time since taking ownership of the Cubs in 2009, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said he will move the Cubs within four years if his proposed Wrigley Field restoration plans were not approved by the city.

CBS Chicago–05/01/2013

Wrigley Field.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cubs, City Hall Meet On Wrigley Field Renovations

Staff from the mayor’s office and executives with the Chicago Cubs held a meeting Monday on plans to renovate Wrigley Field. There was no deal announced by the negotiators.


CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CTA To Spend $185 Million To Renovate Buses

The CTA is about to spend $185 million to renovate more than half of its bus fleet.


Red Line Train

Argyle Station Reopens On Red Line, Berwyn Stop Closes For Renovation

CHICAGO (CBS) — One more station has closed and another is reopening after getting a face-lift on the CTA’s Red Line. The Argyle station reopened at 10 p.m. Friday, and is the fourth to reopen […]

CBS Chicago–10/06/2012

Red Line Train

Thorndale Red Line Stop To Close For Renovations

The Chicago Transit Authority is set to close the Thorndale Red Line ‘L’ station Friday night, as part of its program to give facelifts to seven stops along the North Side leg of the line.

CBS Chicago–08/17/2012


CTA To Begin Overhaul Of 7 Aging Red Line Stations

The Chicago Transit Authority is set to begin a major overhaul of seven stations on the heavily-traveled Red Line ‘L,’ in the Rogers Park, Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods.

CBS Chicago–04/27/2012

Loop 'L'

CTA To Refurbish Loop ‘L’ Tracks

The Chicago Transit Authority ‘L’ tracks are getting a makeover in the Loop.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2012

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The Renovated Logan Theatre

To use a cliché and say that The Logan Theatre has “had a facelift” would be an understatement. Everything seems new. From the floor to the ceiling, the insides of The Logan barely seem like the same theatre. In fact, everything is so darn nice, dates won’t be offended when I take them there anymore. How unfortunate.


Red Line Train

Major Renovations Coming To Multiple Red Line Stations

Get ready for eight months of delays on the Red Line and Purple Line Express.

WBBM Newsradio–02/09/2012

Gold-tipped black and white wingtips and a fallout shelter poster were among dozens of artifacts found in the State Capitol during renovations in late 2011. (Credit: Alex Degman)

Crews Find Several ‘Artifacts’ During Capitol Renovations

The Illinois State Capitol architect says dozens of artifacts have been discovered as crews continue tearing down walls in the building’s west wing during renovations at the statehouse.

CBS Chicago–12/28/2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces federal grants for Chicago on Thursday. (CBS)

CTA’s Early Christmas Present: Federal Bucks To Help Renovate Blue Line

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood came to Chicago with $44 million, and much of it will go to repair about 3.5 miles of CTA Blue Line track between Damen and Belmont. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.


A historic million dollar home once owned by famed surgeon Dr. Olga Jonasson is now used as the home of the chancellor for the University of Illinois at Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

UIC Spends $625K On Chancellor’s Home

You would think the donation of a million dollar home is a good thing, right? But a donation to the University of Illinois at Chicago is raising questions about why the school has spent more than $600,000 to fix up the house.

CBS 2–10/19/2011