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  • GOP to match Truman-era high with 246 House seats

    WASHINGTON – Republicans will hold at least 246 House seats come January, according to election results Saturday, giving the GOP a commanding majority ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 11:20 pm
  • Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty in child porn case

    CHICAGO – A former Illinois state representative changed his plea to guilty Friday in a child pornography case, admitting that he traded in images of ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:30 pm
  • Obama shakes up Pentagon leadership, not policy

    WASHINGTON – The nomination of policy wonk Ashton Carter to lead the Defense Department marks the most significant change to President Barack Obama’s ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:29 pm
  • Obama taps Pentagon veteran Ashton Carter to lead Department of Defense

    WASHINGTON – Shaking up his Pentagon leadership, President Barack Obama tapped policy wonk Ashton Carter to oversee the sprawling Defense Department F ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:50 am
  • House leaders move to avoid immigration showdown

    WASHINGTON – Trying to avoid a showdown over immigration, House Republican leaders are moving to make a deal with Democrats to pass a spending bill th ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:36 am
  • Obama tells CEOs he wants to work on wage growth

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama tells business CEOs that he wants to work with them on some "tricky questions" about how to make wages grow at a t ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • Semantics hold up DeKalb County enterprise plan

    SYCAMORE – One part of the process of approving the county’s bid for an enterprise zone has been delayed, but government officials are confident they’ ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 11:27 pm
  • Bruce Rauner says Illinois state budget 'worse than discussed'

    SPRINGFIELD – As lawmakers reconvene for the final week of their annual veto session, Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Tuesday at the state Cap ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 3:39 pm
  • In symbolic move, House plans to vote down Obama immigration

    WASHINGTON – The Republican-led House will vote this week to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, House Speaker John Boehne ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • DeKalb County Board elects Mark Pietrowski chairman

    SYCAMORE – Tracy Jones said he thought the process of electing the next County Board chairman on Monday was the smoothest the meeting has ever run.
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 12:28 pm
  • Chicago set to raise minimum wage to $13

    CHICAGO – Chicago is set to become the latest U.S. city to raise its minimum wage, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel fast-tracks a politically popular plan to rea ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 11:51 pm
  • Supreme Court considers Facebook threats case

    WASHINGTON – From the violent lyrics of rap music to the crude comments of teenagers in video-game chat rooms, the Supreme Court struggled Monday over ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 2:55 pm
  • House nearing vote on 1-year package of tax breaks

    WASHINGTON – House Republicans are moving to pass a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals.
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 2:09 pm
  • Video gambling’s spread in Illinois raising cash, eyebrows

    CHAMPAIGN – Since video gambling began in Illinois two years ago, the slot-like terminals have been showing up in places lawmakers never imagined – fl ...
    Nov. 29, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • Some immigrants get Social Security, Medicare benefits under Obama's actions

    WASHINGTON – Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits Under President Obama's new executive actions would be eligible ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 11:59 pm
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