At Issue: Analyzing Gov. Rauner's Budget PlanWatchdog groups from across the political spectrum agree Gov. Brucer Rauner's new budget proposals grapple with the serious fiscal problems gripping the state, but they differ about whether the plans to cut billions in spending will fly.
Watchdog: 2 Million Illinois Residents On Food Stamps Is "Extremely Embarrassing"The Illinois Policy Institute, which bills itself as an independent government watchdog, has said the state of Illinois should be ashamed by the latest figures regarding how many people rely on food stamps.
U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Illinois Health Care WorkerThe U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a major decision in the case of an Illinois health care worker who decided she did not want to pay dues to the SEIU, reports WBBM’s John Cody.
Lawmakers Get Details Of Pension Reform Plan; Could Vote TuesdayIllinois' legislative leaders briefed other lawmakers Friday on details of a breakthrough agreement for solving the state's $100 billion pension crisis, leaving them four days to study the plan before facing a vote that could be crucial for the state's financial condition and their own re-election plans.
'Right To Work' Laws Unlikely To Make Their Way To Illinois Anytime SoonIn Illinois, Democrats – long supported by labor unions – have majorities in the House and Senate – and will have veto-proof majorities starting in January -- and Gov. Pat Quinn also is a Democrat.
Think Tank Cautions Against Raising State's Minimum WageA pro-business think tank was warning that a legislative proposal to raise the minimum wage in Illinois would do more harm than good.
Mayor Set To Shift Focus To Police, Fire, Transit Union ContractsWith the two-week trauma of the Chicago teachers’ strike now behind him, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has turned his attention to other labor challenges ahead. Police officers, firefighters, and transit workers are all either in contract talks, or getting ready to start negotiations.
Conservative Group Presents Alternative State Budget PlanA conservative think tank has proposed an alternative state budget that would cut wages for state employees by 10 percent; require retired workers to pay for their own health care premiums; and force local school districts to fund teacher pensions, instead of the state.
Lawmakers Push For Financial Impact Data On All Proposed LegislationIllinois state government might be teetering financially, but our lawmakers continue to spend billions of dollars by passing legislation they sometimes might not even understand.
New Program Offers High School Dropouts A Second ChanceTraditional classrooms didn't work for them, but hundreds of high school dropouts are now getting their diplomas a new way – on their terms.
Report Claims Illinois Has Lost $26 Billion In Taxable Income Since 1995A conservative think tank says the population exodus from Illinois to other states since the mid-1990s has cost the state $26 billion in taxable income.
Watchdog: State Lawmakers' Commutes Cost Taxpayers MillionsThe Illinois Policy Institute, a government watchdog group, says Illinois state legislators could save the taxpayers lots of money on their personal expenses.
Think Tank: Illinois Public Pay Scales Out Of Sync With Private SectorA conservative think tank is warning that public sector pay scales are out of balance with those in the private sector.
Group Says Ill. State Workers Paid More Than Private Sector PeersA free market think tank says pay for Illinois state workers has far outpaced private sector pay over the last 15 years and should be reduced as part of any serious efforts to balance the budget.
State Paying For Parking Lots Most Taxpayers Will Never UseAt a time when the state of Illinois is crying poor, taxpayers are forking over millions to repave parking lots for local governments and private entities. CBS 2's Kristyn Hartman reports.