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  • Rep. Aaron Schock reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style o ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 1:14 pm
  • Net Neutrality: Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

    WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 12:17 pm
  • House Speaker Michael Madigan renews push for 'Millionaire's Tax'

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois' longtime House speaker has renewed a push to tax the state's millionaires to boost funding for schools.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 8:45 am
  • John Cullerton says budget agreement with Bruce Rauner not close

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has hit a roadblock in his effort to persuade lawmakers to give him more authority to patch a $1.6 billion hole in thi ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 3:51 pm
  • Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf

    WASHINGTON – Have you heard the one about the Sikh, the Hasidic Jew, the Muslim and the nun who walked into a job interview?
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 1:15 pm
  • Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

    WASHINGTON – Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • DeKalb settles AFSCME outsourcing complaint

    DeKALB – An amendment to the city’s labor agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employee Council 31 requires the city ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:21 pm
  • Survey: Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014

    WASHINGTON – Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama's health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured A ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 12:21 pm
  • Some details about a Homeland Security shutdown

    WASHINGTON – Spending for the Homeland Security Department expires Friday at midnight if Congress doesn't act before then. With lawmakers at loggerhea ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:27 am
  • Janet Yellen says Fed still 'patient' on raising rates

    WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the Federal Reserve remains patient in deciding when to start raising interest rates ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 9:24 am
  • Rep. Aaron Schock billed private planes, concerts

    WASHINGTON – Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights a ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 4:44 pm
  • U.S. considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan – The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this ...
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • VA’s ‘choice’ program for health care off to slow start

    WASHINGTON – Far fewer veterans than expected are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoi ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:58 pm
  • Some Republican governors back Homeland Security showdown

    WASHINGTON – Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:55 pm
  • Solution elusive to Illinois’ highway funding gap

    CHICAGO – For motorists, Illinois’ reliance on rapidly diminishing federal funding to repair the state’s aging roads and bridges means wasted hours st ...
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 11:54 pm
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