The week that was in Illinois and national news and politics (October 7, 2013 - October 11, 2013.)
Chicago and Cook County News:
Four people were killed in Chicago and 13 others were injured in shootings across the city last weekend, according to police.
Chicago Ald. Ed Burke's (14th) law firm, Klafter & Burke, has reportedly helped city property owners gain property-tax refunds worth a total of $18.1 million since 2003.
A new study shows that 52,404 new jobs came to downtown Chicago between 2002 and 2011 thanks to economic development investments, yet only one in four of those positions went to city residents.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is looking to end the nearly free ride Cook County judges have when it comes to health insurance.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will move forward with his plan to phaseout the city's 55 percent health care subsidy for 30,000 retired city of Chicago employees and their dependents starting in January 2014. As a result, some retirees will have to pay as much as $4,440 extra in 2014, according to city officials.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will hold off on taking away some fare options for customers while the vendor that operates Ventra works to boost the number of its call center representatives from 100 to 300, CTA President Forrest Claypool said Wednesday.
A Chicago program that works to provide free mammograms to uninsured women may be at risk of being privatized or closed following the state's decision to terminate the city health department's grant funding for the effort over alleged mismanagement and quality of care concerns.
Chicago Alderman James Cappleman (46th) is heading out of state to marry his partner.
Fewer foreclosures notices were served in the Chicagoland area in the third quarter, according to RealtyTrac.
NBC Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times are calling on a Cook County judge to open the files in the David Koschman case. Koschman was killed in 2004 following a Division St. brawl involving former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's nephew, Richard J. "R.J." Vanecko.
In the last three months, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pulled in almost $1.4 million in campaign contributions, amounting to his having $5 million in his campaign coffers.
Dominick's grocery stores are exiting the Chicago market by the start of 2014, leaving some 6,600 jobs in limbo.
State Rep. Sandy Pihos (R-Glen Ellyn) introduced a bill last week that would require the Chicago Public School (CPS) district to hand in expense claims in order to be reimbursed in state grant money for transportation, special education and nutrition.
At Monday's Springfield School Board meeting, board Vice President Adam Lopez said a 1 percent sales tax hike in Sangamon County could help District 186 and other area districts pay for building and facility improvements.
State officials are looking into the possibility of using the now-shuttered Illinois Youth Center in Joliet as a place to house mentally ill prison inmates.
A number of civilian military employees in Illinois returned to work Monday thanks to the Pay Our Military Act, which Congress passed just before the government shutdown took effect last Tuesday.
Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Illinois' poverty rate continued to hover near 15 percent last year.
Venture capitalist and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has named his pick for lieutenant governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti.
Attorneys for the Thomas Moore Society, which is fighting the lawsuit filed by 25 same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in Illinois, are appealing a judge's decision to allow parts of the case to move forward.
A gun control bill that got stalled in the state legislature this year, which calls for stiffer sentences for gun crimes, could lead to increased prison crowding in Illinois.
Majority of the 100 state workers that were given temporary layoff notices last week are back at work, according to Governor Pat Quinn's budget office. But more layoffs could come down next week if the shutdown does not end.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) board voted Wednesday to make the No. 35 bus route’s expansion to West 31st Street permanent, but an agency study revealed potential ridership does not justify funding a 31st Street bus route that travels east of Kedzie Avenue.
At an education forum in Oak Park Wednesday, State Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) said she plans to introduce legislation to help stop the Illinois State Charter Commission's "hidden agenda" of expanding charter schools across the state.
State Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and officials with the Illinois health insurance marketplace held a free informational event Thursday evening about the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact families, seniors and individuals.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has had to hold off on some hospital and nursing home inspections due to the federal government shutdown, which began 11 days ago.
Gov. Pat Quinn made a number of appointments to state boards and commissions Friday.
Despite the fact that a judge struck down the governor's plan to hold legislator pay until a workable pension reform plan was proposed, finding it unconstitutional, Gov. Pat Quinn still says he will not collect his own pay.
Gov. Pat Quinn is working through a backlog of clemency petitions, granting 65 requests Friday.
By a unanimous 407-0 vote, the U.S. House approved a measure Saturday morning that would allow the roughly 800,000 furloughed government workers to receive retroactive pay once a continuing resolution passes Congress and the government reopens.
The U.S. Supreme Court is starting its new term Monday with several significant cases on the docket involving campaign contributions and the president's recess appointments, to name a few.
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker has a Democratic challenger following Mary Burke's entrance into the race.
The government shutdown spells bad news for some House Republicans including U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL, 13), two dozen new surveys released Sunday from Public Policy Polling show.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL,13) is facing backlash for his role in the government shutdown in a new ad released by the House Majority PAC.
U.S. Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL, 4), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL, 9) and six other congressmen were arrested Tuesday at an immigration reform demonstration at the National Mall, which was closed due to the government shutdown.
Latino elected officials in Illinois had a clear message for "anti-immigrant" U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R, IL-6) at a Chicago press conference Wednesday: listen to the voters and bring immigration reform legislation up for a vote in the House.
President Barack Obama has chosen Janet Yellen as the next chair of the Federal Reserve Wednesday.
The federal government may be closed, but the gyms for members of Congress are still open. That doesn't sit well with U.S. Reps. Bill Foster (D-IL, 11) and Patrick Murphy (D-FL, 18).
House Republicans unveiled a plan Thursday to temporarily hike the debt ceiling for six weeks, while the government would remain closed until a deal is reached with the White House on a long-term budget package.
In a Gallup Poll released Thursday, Republicans received their lowest approval rating in the polling company's history.
Organizing for Action (OFA) has reportedly raised $20.8 million in its first three quarters of existence.