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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

(Credit: CBS 2)

Illinois Unemployment Continues To Go Down Slowly

The November unemployment is rate is 8.7 percent, down from 8.8 percent in October and down from 9.8 percent in November a year ago.

12/21/2012

William Lee Martin of Springfield was killed Friday night.

Chicago Mother Loses Two Sons In One Year To Gun Violence

William Lee Martin was killed Friday night, making it two sons killed in one year for Thelma Smith,

12/01/2012

Police swarm the scene of a fatal shooting in the Fuller Park neighborhood Friday. (CBS)

6 Dead, At Least 15 Hurt In Weekend Violence

Five of those killed were fatally shot, while a sixth was stabbed to death, authorities said.

12/01/2012

Lawmakers Question Plan For Illegal Immigrant Driver’s Licenses

Some Illinois lawmakers are pushing back against a proposal to provide driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.

11/28/2012

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 in Springfield

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

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