Government

Needs President's Signature
5:40 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

$1.1 Trillion Budget Fix Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate easily passed the massive budget bill today, sending the plan on to President Obama. The $1.1 trillion dollar bill funds the government through September.

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Government
5:39 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Breaking News: Congress Passes Budget, Sends Bill To White House

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Congress has easily passed a $1.1 trillion bill easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic spending cuts after tea party critics chastened by the government shutdown in October mounted only a faint protest.  The sweeping 72-26 Senate vote to fund the government through September sends the bill to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature before a midnight Saturday deadline.

New Database Requirements
6:18 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Mental Health Restrictions Tougher Under Concealed Carry

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The state of Illinois has taken another step toward regulating who may get a concealed-carry permit. The Department of Human Services has created an on-line database for mental health professionals to report people who pose a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others.

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Commentary
2:51 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Why Rockford's Historic South Side Is Important

The Rock River, as seen from the new Morgan Street Bridge.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The following is an essay by Rockford City Manager Jim Ryan, delivered at the ceremony at City Hall for the Morgan Street Bridge ribbon-cutting, December 17th, 2013. Thank you to Jim Ryan for permission to publish his remarks.   

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Plan gets IN approval
6:05 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Moving Forward On The Illiana Tollway

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The Chicago area could be getting another highway in a few years. A Northwest Indiana planning board voted overwhelmingly to move forward on the Illiana Tollway. 

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Governor signs Marriage equality law
6:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Right To Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Law In Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn's signature on the document making same-sex marriage legal in Illinois.
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Governor Pat Quinn took many pens in hand this afternoon and signed the same-sex marriage bill into law. The signing ceremony was held at the University of Illinois - Chicago Forum, on a desk brought up from Springfield. That desk is said to have been used by President Abraham Lincoln to write his first inaugural address. 

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Rita Crundwell Case
6:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ex-Dixon Comptroller's 20-Year Sentence Upheld

Rita Crundwell leaves the federal courthouse in Rockford with her attorneys after initially pleading "not guilty" in May 2012.
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Bad news for former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell today: a federal appeals court upheld her nearly 20-year prison sentence.

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The Two-Way
9:45 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Bill To End Government Shutdown Approved; Default Averted

Speaker of the House John Boehner pumps his fist after leaving a meeting of House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
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Bringing to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst, the House approved a Senate deal that will end a 16-day federal government shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history.

The 285-144 vote came at the eleventh hour, after weeks of partisan bickering and a very public airing of deep divisions within the Republican party. The bill now heads to the White House, where President Obama said he will sign it "immediately."

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The Two-Way
9:02 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

A Flurry Of Activity On Capitol Hill, But Still No Deal

House Speaker John Boehner (center) and House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (right) arrive for a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol.
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(This post was last updated at 8:54 p.m. ET)

With a little more than a day to go before the nation potentially defaults on its debts, there's still no solid plan on the table in Washington.

There was a flurry of activity on Tuesday, but it produced little significant movement.

The House tried twice to craft a proposal to end the shutdown and extend the debt ceiling, only to pull them back because they didn't have enough votes within the GOP to pass them. Now, the Senate has restarted talks of its own.

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Government
2:33 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Tensions Run High As Debt Ceiling Deadline Looms

House Speaker John Boehner (center) and House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (right) arrive for a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol.
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(This post updated at 1:45 p.m. EDT)

With just two days to go before the nation potentially defaults on its debts, the push to reach a deal took on new urgency on Capitol Hill. There was a flurry of activity Tuesday — a potential deal eagerly awaited by the White House seemed to be coalescing in the Senate, and House Republicans skeptical of a potential Senate plan were struggling to come up with a proposal of their own.

Bottom line is that so far, there is no firm deal in either chamber. Here's where things stand:

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