Government

  • Tough tax votes loom in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – Faced with an expected $3 billion budget hole from an expiring income tax increase, Illinois lawmakers are grappling with whether to rai ...
    April 13, 2014 - 11:49 pm
  • Hebron sewer plant operator gone; describes tense, unsafe atmosphere

    HEBRON – The woman in charge of Hebron’s $4.5 million sewer plant before she stepped down last week says the facility became an “experimental playgrou ...
    April 15, 2014 - 10:22 am
  • Calif. Democrats walk middle path in health debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been making a habit lately of bucking his own president and voting with the Republican majority in the ...
    April 12, 2014 - 12:58 pm
  • Bill would alert travelers about passport checks

    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wants the federal government to alert American air travelers about which airports around the world are failing to r ...
    April 12, 2014 - 12:57 pm
  • Metra scandals inspire new severance disclosure law

    Sweetheart severance deals between governments and outgoing employees will be secret no more under a bill unanimously passed by House lawmakers.
    April 12, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

    WASHINGTON — Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.
    April 12, 2014 - 12:44 am
  • Woodstock agritourism business owners offer helpful hints

    WOODSTOCK – For three weeks over the holidays, Oney’s Tree Farm becomes an agritourism business as shoppers look for Christmas trees, decorative wreat ...
    April 11, 2014 - 1:22 pm
  • Kane begins steps toward electric aggregation

    GENEVA – After receiving support from voters last month, Kane County is working to make electric aggregation happen.
    April 10, 2014 - 8:45 pm
  • US budget deficit falls in March to $37 billion

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. government's budget deficit shrank to just $37 billion in March from $107 billion in the same month last year, the latest sign o ...
    April 10, 2014 - 11:47 pm
  • $4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

    WASHINGTON — An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax r ...
    April 10, 2014 - 11:46 am
  • Sebelius: 7.5 million now signed up

    WASHINGTON — Enrollment for the president's health care law has grown to 7.5 million Americans, the Obama administration announced Thursday, handing P ...
    April 10, 2014 - 11:39 am
  • Bill helps districts fill teaching vacancies

    SPRINGFIELD – Legislation helping southern Illinois school districts fill teaching vacancies with recently retired teachers is advancing in the state ...
    April 10, 2014 - 8:41 am
  • Franks, other lawmaker say they will oppose millionaire tax, Madigan withdraws amendment

    House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposed "millionaire tax" amendment is now eligible for the death tax after two Democratic lawmakers announced they w ...
    April 9, 2014 - 11:46 pm
  • GOP blocks Senate bill curbing gender pay gap

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democ ...
    April 9, 2014 - 4:18 pm
  • Algonquin looking to switch garbage service

    ALGONQUIN – The amount residents pay for garbage pickup is expected to slightly increase as the village looks to switch its refuse and recycling servi ...
    April 8, 2014 - 11:47 pm
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