Chicago's Top Cop To Lobby Lawmakers On Repeat Gun Offender LawChicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson was in Springfield on Thursday to urge state lawmakers to approve tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders.
Illinois Senate Cancels Budget Votes; Leader Blames RaunerThe Illinois Senate's top Democrat abruptly canceled critical votes Wednesday on a plan to end the state's historic budget stalemate, accusing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of sabotaging a compromise that had been months in the making.
Senate Leaders Hope To Get "Grand Bargain" On Budget Passed This WeekIllinois state lawmakers are returning to Springfield this week, and Senate President John Cullerton said he and his Republican counterpart hope to pass the framework for a true end to the 18-month budget stalemate.
State Senator Wants Illinois To Allow Local Assault Weapon BansState Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) said, based on the past two months alone, with the destruction wrought across the U.S. by assault weapons, local communities have to be given the flexibility to decide for themselves whether such guns should be outlawed.
Illinois Budget Deal Heading For House VoteThe state’s epic budget impasse could end Thursday, as lawmakers were expected to vote on a stopgap spending plan, and a full-year education funding deal allowing schools to open in fall.
Lawmaker Wants To Make GED Tests Free For Homeless YouthA state senator from Chicago wants to help homeless youth get high school equivalency certificates, also known as GEDs, by allowing them to take the exam for free.
Big Debates Expected On Illinois Bills On Unions, CollegesThe Democrat-led Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto last month of a bill to add funding for community colleges and tuition grants for low-income students.
Urlacher Brother, Now Mayor Of Northwest Suburb, Eyes State Senate SeatCBS 2's Brad Edwards pays a visit to Mettawa, Illinois, for the story.
Illinois Senate Rejects Rauner's Veto Of Anti-Heroin BillSenate Democrats bucked Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto Wednesday in instituting a law to fight heroin abuse in Illinois, but ran into predictable Republican derision when they approved spending $3.8 billion to fund a variety of programs from breast cancer screenings to lottery prizes.
Governor, Democrats Still At Odds In Face Of Partial Government ShutdownHouse Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) planned to call for a vote on a $2.3 billion one-month budget to avoid the shutdown, but Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has indicated he would veto any such measure.
State Budget Deadline Looms With No Compromise In SightIt’s a race against the clock in Springfield, with lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner facing a midnight deadline to reach a deal on the state budget so no state services are interrupted.
Lawmakers Return To Springfield; 8 Days Before Budget DueThe Illinois General Assembly makes what has become its weekly return to Springfield with a state budget still unresolved and only eight days before it's due.
Lawmakers OK Pilot Program To Replace Snow Days With Online ClassesThe idea is to turn snow days – or days off school due to extreme cold, or heavy snow – into so-called “e-learning days,” when school districts could provide online instruction to students.
Activists Rally Against Rauner's Proposed Budget CutsEven though Democrats control the House and Senate, and approved a budget plan that is more than $3 billion in the red, state Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) wasn’t prepared to say his party shares in the blame for the budget cuts.
Lawmakers OK Return Of Happy Hour To IllinoisThe state has banned happy hour drink specials since 1989, in an effort to cut down on drunk driving, though bars and restaurants were still allowed to designate “happy days,” when they could offer discounted drinks on a specific day of the week.