Setting the stage for more election-year debate over taxes and economic policy, President Obama has challenged Republicans to support a plan to extend for one year — but only for families earning less than $250,000 annually — the so-called Bush tax cuts.
Republicans want the tax cuts, which expire at the end of 2012, to continue for everyone. Obama says it's time for wealthier taxpayers to pay more because that will help narrow future budget deficits.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is rejecting calls to reduce the asking price for a state prison the federal government wants to buy. He’s also rejecting the idea that Illinois should not try to sell the federal government two prisons at once.
Thomson Correctional Center, in northwest Illinois, has barely been used in the decade since it was built. Illinois and the federal government agreed to a price of $165 million -- significantly less than the $220 million dollars at which that facility has been appraised.
And Quinn plans to close the super-maximum security prison at Tamms, in southern Illinois, as a cost-saving move. It's one of the newest state prisons and, once it's empty, Quinn hopes the federal government will be interested in buying it as well as Thomson.
The workers say they're worried about a recent spike in violent incidents at state penitentiaries. State officials downplay any possible link between the spike and the governor's plan to close prisons.
During his budget address earlier this year, Quinn called for thorough review of Illinois tax law. Governor Pat Quinn made a big deal out of trying to close so-called loopholes in the tax code this year, but it didn't happen.
"It's time to apply the same scrutiny to loopholes in the revenue code as we do for expenditures in the operating budget," said Quinn.
Governor Pat Quinn signed Illinois' new spending plan over the weekend. His action included plans to shut down Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center, and use some of that money to increase funding for community-based care.
Children giggle and squirm waiting to open the red and white box. Inside, the children find a peach, carrots, chocolate milk, and a turkey sandwich. The meals are provided at 26 sites around the Rockford-area.
For many children who receive free or reduced-priced meals throughout the school year, the summer food program ensures they have proper nutrition during the hottest times of the year.
Joe Leach is the Director of Youth Services at Ken-Rock Community Center in Rockford. He says the meals help the center keep costs down.
Mexico's old guard sailed back into power after a 12-year hiatus Sunday as the official preliminary vote count handed a victory to Enrique Pena Nieto, whose party was long accused of ruling the country through corruption and patronage.
The second place candidate, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, refused to concede, saying he would wait for a full count.
The $33.7 billion dollar budget is $57 million dollars less than the budget lawmakers sent him. As promised, the governor is moving to close several state facilities, including Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center.