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An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Amendment Protecting Ill. Voters To Go On Ballot

Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression after Senate action Thursday.

04/11/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Lawmakers OK Pension Reform Plan

The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall, a vote that proponents described as critical to repairing the state’s deeply troubled finances but that faces the immediate threat of a legal challenge from labor unions.

12/03/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Pension Committee Won’t Meet Governor’s Reform Deadline

The Governor is holding fast to next Tuesday’s deadline for a pension reform bill; the lawmakers are saying there’s no way they can do it.

07/03/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Ill. Senate Panel Advances Stricter Gun-Carry Bill

Majority Democrats on the committee drove the 10-6 vote in favor of the bill by Sen. Kwame Raoul Raoul said he doesn’t know how many votes he has on the floor or when he’ll call it.

05/28/2013

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Illinois Senate Concealed Carry Proposal To Get Overhaul

Illinois Senate legislation touted as a compromise between Chicagoans weary of street violence and gun owners eager to legally carry concealed weapons elsewhere appears more restrictive than promised, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press. It will be redrafted before it’s even filed, a spokeswoman said Monday.

04/29/2013

The University of Chicago's new Center for Care and Discovery will serve as the new core of its hospital campus. (Photo by Tom Rossiter/University of Chicago)

University Of Chicago Cuts Ribbon On New Hospital

Gov. Pat Quinn helped cut the ribbon for the university’s new $700 million hospital, called the Center for Care and Discovery.

WBBM Newsradio–01/14/2013

A group of six African-American ministers urged state lawmakers to reject legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois on Jan. 7, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

State Senator: Ministers’ Vow Of Backlash For Gay Marriage Vote An ‘Empty Threat’

A coalition of West Side ministers was urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, but at least one lawmaker said the ministers’ threat of political backlash against lawmakers who vote for gay marriage was nothing but an “empty threat.”

WBBM Newsradio–01/07/2013

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

State Senator Works To Keep Derrick Smith From Being Reelected

Illinois State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) says he will do everything he can to prevent Rep. Derrick Smith from being reelected.

CBS Chicago–09/21/2012

The main stage in the Time Warner Cable Arena September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina as preparations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention continue. (Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

Illinois Delegates Upbeat About Democratic Convention

On this Labor Day, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte are preparing for their sessions, which begin tomorrow.

CBS Chicago–09/03/2012

Two Glock .40 caliber semiautomatic handguns are displayed in Woodbury, Minnesota on May 28, 2011.  (Photo Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Gov. Quinn: Concealed Weapons Would Put Public At Greater Risk

Gov. Pat Quinn today stood solidly today behind his opposition to allowing concealed weapons in Illinois even though Wisconsin is on the verge of becoming the 49th state with some form of such a law.

06/22/2011

Gov. Quinn signs death penalty ban. (Credit: Office Of The Governor)

Quinn Signs Death Penalty Ban

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation ending the death penalty in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–03/09/2011