U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) smiles during an interview at the Republican National Convention in Tampa in 2012. (Photo credit: BRIGITTE DUSSEAU/AFP/GettyImages)

Facing Spending Probe, Schock Has Benefited From Donor Projects

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, under scrutiny for lavishly redecorating his Capitol Hill office and flying aboard private planes owned by donors, has built his personal wealth off extensive business dealings with campaign contributors since entering politics more than a decade ago.


Summer Movie lead

State Touts Record $184M In Film Industry Spending In 2012

State officials said Friday the television and film industry spent a record amount of money in Illinois last year, creating more than 2,200 jobs.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2013

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How To Spend Your Tax Refund

The best part of paying your taxes is probably getting your refund check.


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CPS Restructures Funding To Give Principals More Say On Spending

Chicago Public Schools will move to a per-pupil funding model next year, intended to give principals more flexibility in determining how they spend their school’s dollars — while bringing all schools, including charters, onto the same funding formula.


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Lincolnwood School Officials Quit Amid Spending Controversy

One week after voters in north suburban Lincolnwood District 74 overwhelmingly rejected a referendum to finance construction of a new school building, its two top leaders are out.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2012

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Lincolnwood Residents Blast School Spending After Taxpayer Probe

It’s a small suburban school district that some say is spending big money on things like Chicago hotel rooms, fancy meals and a luxury car. As CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports, residents in Lincolnwood took it upon themselves to get the dirt on how school officials have been spending their money.

CBS 2–01/18/2012

Holiday shoppers pack the aisles. (credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

‘Black Friday’ Deals Losing Allure For Shoppers

Shoppers will be cautious with their dollars this holiday season and are less likely to rush to door-buster sales on “Black Friday,” according to a new analysis.


Rubber Chicken

Report: Cicero Spent Thousands On Rubber Chickens, Other Trinkets

At a time when money is tight for most cities in suburbs, the Town of Cicero reportedly has a surplus of rubber chickens.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2011

Cook County Seal

Partisan Debt Standoff Spills Over Onto County Board

While the standoff between Democrats and Republicans continues in Washington over the debt ceiling and spending cuts, the partisan rhetoric is spilling over into local governmental debates as well.

WBBM Newsradio–07/13/2011

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Board Member: School District Will Rank Last In Spending Per Pupil

The southwest suburban Mokena School District 159 board elected new officers at a special meeting last week, but the district’s old problems cropped up, too.


Empty Classroom

State Board: More Funds Needed For Education

Illinois lawmakers are hearing pitches for more money for schools.

WBBM Newsradio–03/14/2011

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas

County Treasurer Sits At $23,000 Office Set, Hired $95,000 Party Planners

In its third report on questionable spending, CBS 2 and the Better Government Association shine a light on how your taxpayer dollars are being spent by Maria Pappas’ administration.


Jim Edgar

Edgar: Tax Hike Was Only First Step

While many of his fellow Republicans are denouncing the hastily-passed Illinois state income tax increase, former governor Jim Edgar supports it.

WBBM Newsradio–01/27/2011

Black Friday Shoppers

Black Friday Spending Hits Record $10.69B

With a country anxious for good economic news, reports are already in on Black Friday 2010 and it looks like people spent just a little more this year. Shoppers spent a record $10.69 billion.

CBS 2–11/27/2010