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State Poison Control Center In Jeopardy Of Closing

Every year, the Illinois Poison Control Center handles nearly 82,000 poison related cases. Nearly half of them involve children. Dr. Michael Wahl says each year, they lose more funding.

05/21/2013

This is the first photo of Sen. Mark Kirk since he suffered a stroke in January. (Credit: Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago)

In Video, Kirk Urges Action On Illinois Credit Rating

Sen. Mark Kirk, still recovering from a major stroke, released a video Tuesday that calls for “decisive bipartisan action” to prevent further reductions in Illinois’ credit ratings.

09/18/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Lawmakers Pass Budget, But Not Without Contention

Illinois lawmakers have passed a budget to the Gov. Pat Quinn, but not without a lot of contention.

WBBM Newsradio–06/01/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn greets parade participants on Memorial Day in Park Ridge. (CBS)

State Budget, Politics Loom Over Memorial Day Parade

The Memorial Day parade and politics made for an interesting mix in Park Ridge, CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

05/28/2012

Tollway

Report: Tolls Illegally Went Toward Balancing State Budget For 3 Years

A story out Friday morning is sure to cause grumbling among those who use the Illinois Tollway system.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters on Feb. 19, 2012, about his plan to ask many state agencies to cut their budgets by at least 9 percent when he presents annual budget address. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn On State Pension Reform: Everyone Will Get A ‘Haircut,’ No One Will Be ‘Scalped’

A day after he challenged lawmakers to help solve the state’s dire financial problems, Gov. Pat Quinn tells CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine that pension costs can be tamed.

02/23/2012

Dan Rutherford

Treasurer Rutherford: State Government Lacks Long-Range Planning

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says it’s time for long-range planning to come to government, and the state should be run more like a business.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Arbitrator Rules Against Quinn’s Plan For Layoffs, Closures

An arbitrator has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn may not lay off more than 1,900 state employees and close seven state facilities, because the move would violate a deal with a state labor union.

10/03/2011

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Madigan Open To Discussing Ways To Avoid Layoffs

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said he is open to reallocating state budget money to avoid numerous layoffs and facility closures proposed last week by Gov. Pat Quinn.

09/11/2011

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Is Cash-Strapped State Taking A Pass On A $600M Payday?

Illinois is broke, but some say there’s a way to ease the state’s pocketbook pain by $600 million. CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman explains.

07/28/2011

Bobby Wright Mental Health Center on Chicago's West Side. (CBS)

Mental Health Center Can’t Fix Air-Conditioning Without Money State Owes

At one non-profit agency on the West Side, employees are literally sweating it out because their air-conditioner is broken. The state’s budget crisis is to blame, CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

07/22/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Arbitrator Says Governor Can’t Cancel Raises

The state’s largest public employees’ union scored a victory on Tuesday in their fight to regain the 2% raises to which they’re contractually entitled.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2011

Illinois State Capitol

State Senate Approves Major Cuts From Quinn’s Budget

The Illinois State Senate has approved a budget that would spend more than $2 billion less than Gov. Pat Quinn proposed, but Republicans say that’s not enough.

CBS Chicago–05/31/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Tax Watchdog Group: State Budget Much Worse Than Quinn Says

A tax watchdog group claims Gov. Pat Quinn is not being realistic in how deep in the red the state’s finances are.

WBBM Newsradio–05/09/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Treasurer Encouraged By State Budget Talks

Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford said Tuesday that he’s encouraged by the atmosphere around the Capitol this year as budget negotiations heat up.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2011

Wisconsin Protest

Union Leaders Plan To Fight After Wisconsin Vote

Union leaders say they are mounting a major counter-attack against Republicans nationwide, after Wisconsin lawmakers succeeded in stripping nearly all collective bargaining rights.

CBS Chicago–03/11/2011

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Walker To Present Budget In Wisconsin

Democratic Wisconsin senators are still hiding out in Illinois, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prepares to present a budget that strips collective bargaining rights from most public employees.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2011

Illinois State Capitol

State To Post Money-In, Money-Out Numbers Online

It’s been said “follow the money.” Now, the state says it will make it easier for taxpayers to do that by posting online reports about how much government is taking in and spending.

12/09/2010