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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

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Lawmakers May Take Up Pension Reform, Gun Control In Veto Session

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine says it’s anyone’s guess if the state’s pension crisis will finally get sorted out when lawmakers meet in Springfield for the fall veto session.

10/18/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Same-Sex Marriage Supporters, Opponents To Rally In Springfield

Proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriages in Illinois passed the state Senate in February, but has stalled in the House.

10/15/2013

Amtrak Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Amtrak Proving More Popular For Illinois Travelers

Amtrak provides service from Chicago to St. Louis, and several college towns in Illinois, including Champaign, Carbondale, Bloomington-Normal, and Macomb – and those rides have proven popular.

10/15/2013

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

Lincoln Museum Getting Dozens Of New Documents

Dozens of Lincoln family documents have been donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, thanks to the widow of a man who was once the state’s Lincoln collection curator.

09/13/2013

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

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.

09/10/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Warns Lawmakers There Will Be Consequences For Pension Failure

Governor Pat Quinn is making vague threats to lawmakers ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for pension reforms, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

07/07/2013

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Illinois Lawmakers To Take 12 Unpaid Furlough Days

Illinois lawmakers will take a pay cut starting next month under a new law signed Saturday by Gov. Pat Quinn.

06/22/2013

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Illinois Lawmakers Head Into Final Stretch With Many Issues Unresolved

Illinois lawmakers moved forward Monday on a historic expansion of Medicaid and adding more protections for pet owners, but heavy lifting on the state’s most pressing issues — pensions, a budget, expanded gambling, gay marriage and gun control — remained with the clock ticking toward a Friday deadline.

05/27/2013

Chicago police display guns recently taken  off the streets. (CBS)

As Concealed-Carry Deadline Looms, What Is Best Approach?

The top cops for Chicago and Cook County are working to get guns off the streets, but a pro NRA group wants to put them back in the hands of people living in Chicago.

05/06/2013

Chicago Firefighter/Paramedic Sean Sloe (Credit: Chicago Fire Department)

Chicago Firefighter Dies In Motorcycle Crash Downstate

A Chicago firefighter and paramedic was killed in a motorcycle crash near Springfield on Thursday.

05/02/2013

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Pension Reform Takes Center Stage In Springfield

The clock is ticking for Illinois lawmakers to come to an agreement on the pension crisis.

01/07/2013

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