Suffering from the worst budget deficit in state history, the Illinois legislature passed a FY 2011 budget in late May that will mean continued devastation of education and social service programs.
Unemployed workers took to the streets the day after Memorial Day to demand jobs and extension of unemployment benefits.
CHICAGO - "We're human beings. Everyone has a right to be with his or her families," Olivia Segura said of the threat to deport her husband. "Let me keep my family together."
More than 200 women leaders call for a "sensible" tax rate to overcome budget crisis of "epic proportions."
Chicago's City Council has given landmark status to the home of the author/activist who wrote "A Raisin in the Sun."
CHICAGO -- Voters in the Feb. 2 Illinois primary election seemed to send a message to politicians: We're fed up with corruption; we want solutions.
CHICAGO - A group of African American youth and community organizers who gathered to watch the State of the Union address were most interested in what the president had to say about jobs.
CHICAGO - The 2010 election year has shifted into turbo drive here. Illinois looks to be a key national battleground where the labor-led all people's coalition faces a stiff challenge to consolidate the defeat of the ultra right in 2008. A U.S. Senate seat, the governorship and statewide offices, House seats, state legislature, and county commissions are all up.
Chicago Transit Authority riders filed a class action lawsuit charging the state's underfunding of the city's public transit, compared to the suburban rail system, discriminates against minorities.
CHICAGO— Looming behind the 17 million jobless tsunami hitting the country is another disaster: over $180 billion in accumulated budget deficits set to devastate state governments, according to a new study by the Pew Center for the States.