fiscal cliff

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Members of Congress are back home instead of trying to work out a plan to avoid massive across-the-board cuts scheduled to take effect March 1st. Many are using the opportunity to show how sequestration will hurt the people who live and work in their districts. 

Architect of the Capitol

All the Democrats in Illinois’ congressional delegation voted for the deal to avert the fiscal cliff. But Republicans were split. The deal means income taxes for most Americans will stay put - though a person making more than $400,000 a year will see an increase. Lawmakers also avoided deep automatic spending delaying them for two months.