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A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Illinois Lawmakers Take Up Medical-Marijuana Debate

Will Illinois be the next state to allow medical marijuana prescriptions? CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.

11/26/2012

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 House Expels Rep. Derrick Smith

The Illinois House of Representatives has voted to expel state Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).

CBS Chicago–08/17/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Pension Clock Ticking As Lawmakers Convene In Springfield

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on the slim chances Illinois lawmakers will fix the state’s pension mess in an election year.

08/16/2012

Thomson Prison

Fear Of Guantanamo Inmates Coming Inland Holds Up Thomson Prison Sale

Fear over Guantanamo inmates coming inland is holding up the sale of the state prison at Thomson.

08/06/2012

William Cellini leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after he was convicted of two charges in a conspiracy to shake down a Hollywood producer for a campaign contribution to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: CBS)

Convicted Powerbroker William Cellini Suffers Heart Attack

William Cellini, the long-time Illinois powerbroker convicted of conspiring to shake down a Hollywood producer, has suffered a heart attack.

06/06/2012

bus

Bus, Semi-Truck Collide Downstate

A school bus carrying 6th-grade students from Highland has collided with a tractor trailer near the southern Illinois community of Litchfield.

05/14/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Emanuel Pushes Pension Reform In Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel went to Springfield on Tuesday to speak to state lawmakers about the need for pension reform at the city and state levels.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2012

The skyscraper formerly known as the Sears Tower. (Credit: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO Video On Chicago Gets Some Important Facts Wrong

Is the NATO Summit happening at McCormick Place in Chicago in a couple of weeks like we’ve been hearing all this time? Listen to the narration of a video about the upcoming summit, and it might be hard to tell.

CBS Chicago–05/04/2012

Regina Davis is seen at a news conference in this screen grab from September 2009 video. (CBS)

Former Top Cop Of Country Club Hills Indicted On Fraud Charges

U.S. prosecutors in Springfield announced the indictment of Regina Evans on Friday. She’s charged with mail fraud and money laundering.

04/20/2012

Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago), who has been indicted on charges of accepting a $7,000 bribe, sits in his seat on the Illinois House floor on April 17, 2012, his first time attending session in Springfield since his arrest. (Credit: Dave McKinney, Chicago Sun-Times)

Indicted Rep. Smith Visits Capitol For First Time Since Arrest

On a day when Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent was honored in the Illinois House, it seems the only person reporters wanted to talk to was indicted Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).

CBS Chicago–04/17/2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Chicago Workers Protest Gov. Walker’s Speech In Springfield

Dozens of Chicago union workers boarded buses to Springfield Tuesday morning, where they joined about 3,000 other workers protesting today’s speech by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

CBS Chicago–04/17/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Public Universities Begin Push For State Funding For Next Year

State university officials have begun their annual trek to Springfield, testifying before panels of House and Senate lawmakers about what their financial needs will be for the upcoming fiscal year.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2012

Viagra (file; CBS)

Lawmaker: Men Who Want Viagra Should Have To Watch Graphic ‘Side-Effects’ Video

The proposal is one female legislator’s reaction to legislation that would encourage women to get an ultrasound before ending a pregnancy.

03/02/2012

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

‘Big 3′ Lincoln Documents Displayed At Museum For Birthday

Lincoln history buffs are in for a birthday treat this weekend.

02/08/2012

Herbs

Green Thumbs, Successsful Businesses On Display At Conference

A downstate woman has turned a hobby into the sweet smell of success.

WBBM Newsradio–01/18/2012

Benedictine University in west suburban Lisle (Credit: CBS)

Benedictine University Eyes Arizona Campus

While the west suburban Lisle institution has no plans to leave town, a proposal up for approval this week could result in the private Catholic nonprofit school establishing a campus in Mesa, Ariz.

01/07/2012

The headquarters of Sears Holding Corporation rises above the trees on the company's corporate campus in Hoffman Estates. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Illinois House Approves Tax Breaks For Sears, CME

The Illinois House has approved a package of tax breaks designed to keep retail giant Sears and the Chicago-based financial exchanges

12/12/2011

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

Lincoln Museum To Display Signed Copy Of 13th Amendment

A Chicago conservation company that restored Illinois’ rare copy of the 13th Amendment signed by President Lincoln is turning it back over to the state.

12/08/2011

(CBS)

Investigators: Hackers Didn’t Cause Springfield Water Pump Failure

A federal probe finds no evidence that foreign hackers infiltrated computers controlling a downstate water plant.

CBS Chicago–11/23/2011

(CBS)

Was Springfield Water Pump Failure A Cyber Attack?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating the failure of a water pump in Springfield as a possible cyber attack.

11/18/2011

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