Government

  • Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

    WASHINGTON — As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election ...
    April 16, 2014 - 11:48 am
  • Gambling plans to be heard at Wednesday hearing

    CHICAGO – Expanding Illinois gambling only in Chicago will be a central issue during hearings on the legislation.
    April 16, 2014 - 8:38 am
  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues

    DAYTON, Ohio – On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government's Highway Trust Fund ...
    April 15, 2014 - 1:48 pm
  • Quinn tour highlights questions of taxes

    CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn’s tour of the state to push his program aimed at helping first-time homebuyers quickly turned political Monday as both he and ...
    April 14, 2014 - 10:24 pm
  • Illinois gas station owners oppose fuel tax hike

    SPRINGFIELD – Increasing fuel taxes to pay for Illinois road construction will hurt businesses – and hit consumers at the pump, gas station owners sai ...
    April 14, 2014 - 10:15 pm
  • CBO: Deficits to drift lower on lower health costs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional report released Monday predicts slightly smaller deficits both this year and over the coming decade, with lower spen ...
    April 14, 2014 - 4:53 pm
  • 60-unit residential complex proposed in Cary

    CARY – A company that is building an apartment complex in Crystal Lake is looking to build a 60-unit residential complex in Cary.
    April 15, 2014 - 1:43 pm
  • Spring Grove increases impact fees

    SPRING GROVE– After holding its developer fees level last year, the Spring Grove Village Board returned to increasing its fees by the rate of inflati ...
    April 14, 2014 - 12:59 pm
  • Area dealers support car sales ban on Sundays; report says it should go

    WOODSTOCK – Jack Cronan remembers when car dealerships used to be open on Sundays. “I missed the fam ...
    April 18, 2014 - 7:08 am
  • 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 22, 2014 - 6:48 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
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