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Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Property Tax Freeze, Chicago Pension Relief Advance

A bill to freeze property taxes for two years and provide pension relief to Chicago Public Schools has advanced in the Illinois Legislature.

07/01/2015

Illinois State Capitol

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back In Legislative Attempts To Pass State Budget, Reforms

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS/AP) –– Illinois House Democrats came back to Springfield carrying what they called an olive branch to Gov. Bruce Rauner on business reform. However, Republicans derided Thursday’s votes on employment insurance for workplace […]

06/04/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner (CBS)

Gov. Rauner To Democrats: ‘No More Kicking The Can’

The Republican governor digs says he won’t consider new tax revenues until members of the other party pass his “Turnaround” agenda in Springfield. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

06/01/2015

Damage inside the Illinois Governor's Mansion. (Credit: CBS)

Fundraising Effort Aims To Repair Rundown Governor’s Mansion

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports they are trying to raise as much $9 million or more.

05/20/2015

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: www.alplm.org)

Presidential Portrait Exhibit Coming To Springfield

Portraits of every president from George Washington to Barack Obama will go on display later this month at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.

05/08/2015

Abraham Lincoln's tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. (Credit: CBS)

Caretakers Of Lincoln’s Tomb Face Setbacks Amid 150th Anniversary Of His Death

Caretakers of Abraham Lincoln’s tomb are on the defensive over an unflattering critique in National Geographic magazine and looming budget cuts that could threaten management of the historic site, even as they commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War president’s assassination.

04/15/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner (CBS)

Illinois Gov. Rauner: Bankruptcy Should Be Option For Broke Cities

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed sweeping state budget cuts that have angered local officials.

04/13/2015

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Best Spring Break 2015 Destinations Near Chicago For College Students

College students do not need to travel far nor incur great expenses to enjoy their spring break 2015. Here you will find the best spring break destinations near Chicago.

02/14/2015

The Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Making Himself At Home In Springfield

Gov. Bruce Rauner began settling in at the governor’s residence in Springfield over the weekend, bringing the family’s dogs with him, and he said there’s a lot of work needed to fix up the “badly deteriorated” Georgian-style mansion.

01/26/2015

The Vietnam War Memorial in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. (Illinois Historic Preservation Agency)

State Could Add Memorial Near Lincoln Tomb

Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield is billed as the second most visited cemetery in the country and already has memorials for veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, in addition to Lincoln’s Tomb.

01/23/2015

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner take a selfie with his family among a Lincoln family display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, a day before his inauguration as governor. (Credit: CBS)

Celebrations Begin Ahead Of Rauner Inauguration

Rauner’s inauguration ceremony was scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. He was set to take the oath of office along with Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Secretary of State Jesse White, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, and Comptroller Leslie Munger.

01/12/2015

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Lawmakers Debate Illinois’ School Funding Formula

Parents and teachers frustrated with Illinois’ school funding formula rallied for action Tuesday at the state Capitol, as House lawmakers opened talks on a bill that aims to even out disparities between districts by pumping more state dollars into poorer ones and giving less to the wealthiest.

11/19/2014

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (John Muchow/www.presidentlincoln.org)

Lawmakers Debate Overhaul Of Lincoln Library & Museum

State lawmakers on Wednesday discussed the future of the Abraham Presidential Library and Museum, amid a proposal by House Speaker Michael Madigan to split it off from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

10/01/2014

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Best Getaways For Parents Near Chicago

Peruse these nearby leisure pursuits, familial or for just the two of you, and take a breather from the daily struggle.

09/27/2014

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Emanuel Presses Springfield To Reduce Penalties For Minor Drug Possession

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called on state lawmakers to ease up on penalties for small-time drug possession cases, even though the city’s own effort to issue tickets for marijuana possession – rather than arrest suspects – has largely fizzled.

09/23/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Chicago Workers, Retirees Head To Springfield To Protest Pension Reform

Chicago public employees and retirees have been descending on Springfield on Wednesday for a rally to protest the state’s new pension reform law.

02/19/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Quinn Asks Lawmakers To Give Him Extra Month For Latest Budget Address

Quinn’s proposed speech date would be after the March 18 primary election.

02/03/2014

Amtrak Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Chicago-Hub Amtrak Trains To Get Free Internet

The passenger train company says Wi-Fi will be installed on the Chicago-to-Carbondale and Chicago-to-Quincy lines. It’ll also be expanded to all four roundtrips on Chicago-to-St. Louis trains; those trains also stop in Springfield.

12/23/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Flock To Springfield To Push For Vote

Supporters of gay marriage in Illinois say now is the time for lawmakers to give it the okay, and headed to Springfield by the busload on Tuesday to deliver their message, but it remained unclear if there were enough votes in the House to send same-sex marriage legislation to the governor.

10/22/2013

State Senate President John Cullerton

Cullerton: Illinois Pension Problem Not ‘Crisis’

With lawmakers preparing to return to Springfield this week to address the state’s most pressing issues, Senate President John Cullerton is suggesting the $97 billion Illinois pension shortfall isn’t as dire as other top leaders contend.

10/21/2013

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