Springfield

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

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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

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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

Someone stole a copper sword from this statue atop Lincoln's Tomb in Springfield, Illinois. (Credit: Alex Degman, WBBM)

Thieves Steal Copper Sword From Lincoln’s Tomb

Copper thieves struck the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln sometime within the last few weeks, and a state lawmaker says his measure will make such crimes harder to commit.

WBBM Newsradio–11/15/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Emanuel Gets Split Decision On Springfield Agenda

It was a “split decision” in the state capitol for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during the General Assembly’s veto session.

CBS 2–11/10/2011

ComEd Voltage Sign (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Override Quinn’s Veto Of ‘Smart Grid’ Legislation

Overriding a veto from Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois lawmakers have given power companies in Illinois authority to raise rates every year for the next decade to pay for modernizing the state’s power grid.

10/26/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Students To Rally At Capitol To Oppose Tax Break For Sears

Staff, parents and students from School District 300 in the northwestern suburbs were headed to Springfield on Monday to tell lawmakers they oppose extending existing tax incentives to keep Sears headquarters in Hoffman Estates.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2011

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS File Photo)

Kirk Extols Virtues Of Bipartisanship

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is trying to give a lesson on working across the aisle.

WBBM Newsradio–10/10/2011

Stock Photo (Christopher Furlong/ Getty Images)

Catholic Charities Seeks Stay Of Adoption Ruling

Attorneys for Catholic Charities are asking an appellate court to stay a ruling that allows Illinois to stop working with the groups on adoptions and foster-care placements.

10/08/2011

Illinois State Fair

Illinois State Fair Kicks Off In Springfield

The carnival rides, the greasy food and the agriculture exhibits are all ready as the Illinois State Fair opens in Springfield.

CBS Chicago–08/12/2011

Abraham Lincoln

College Student Discovers Legal Documents Written By Lincoln

A college student from Gurnee has quite a story to tell about what he is doing over his summer vacation.

WBBM Newsradio–06/16/2011

Rep. Dan Lipinski

Lipinski Wants Korean War Museum In Chicago Area

Ideas for a national museum to tell the story of the Korean War have shifted from Springfield to the Chicago area.

WBBM Newsradio–06/10/2011

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Democratic Remap Moves Closer To Governor’s Desk

The re-drawing of the map is almost done in Illinois, and the state Senate is expected to vote on new Congressional lines today.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2011

Casino Gambling

On 2nd Try, Gambling Bill Gets House Committee OK

A huge expansion of legalized gambling in Illinois is headed to the House floor.

05/28/2011

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (CBS File Photo)

Kirk Blasts Congressional District Remap

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the new congressional district map drawn up by Illinois Democrats denies suburban voters a voice.

CBS Chicago–05/27/2011

File Photo: Handguns (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Gun Records Likely To Remain Secret, Under Bill Headed To Gov. Quinn

In a victory for gun owners over advocates of open government, the Senate voted 42-1 to overturn a ruling earlier this year by Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office that the names are public under the Freedom of Information Act.

05/20/2011

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Quinn Gets Education-Reform Measure

A bill sent to Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday would make it harder for teachers to strike and easier for bad teachers to be fire.

05/12/2011

Simpsons characters welcome guests at th

The Simpsons Still Going Strong

Bart Simpson was in Springfield today. Seriously, the actress who provides Bart’s voice, and a lot of others in the long-running “Simpsons” sit-com, testified before a legislative subcommittee.

WBBM Newsradio–05/11/2011

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Senate Panel OKs Bill Targeting Abusive Spouses

Urged on by a Joliet woman who survived two days of captivity and torture at the hands of an abusive husband, an Illinois Senate committee Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that would subject those convicted of domestic torture to stiffer prison sentences.

CBS Chicago–05/11/2011

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