House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House appear to agree on two things at least: the federal government shouldn't be shut down and funding the government via stopgap spending bills is no way to run a government.Aside from that, they don't agree on much else.
Hundreds of people from the Chicago area gathered at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday morning. The event was part of an annual day of lobbying in Springfield on behalf of immigrants. This year’s visit had some extra energy. For one, Gov.
Signs abound of the pressures on Speaker John Boehner and other House Republicans to show real results on spending cuts.An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found, for instance, that those voters focused on spending cuts are the voters who matter most to Republicans — their base.As a writer for MSNBC's F
Mayor-elect Emanuel’s real counterpart in county government is dealing with an estimated budget shortfall of $487 million. In her transition report last December, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle floated some ideas on how to close that budget shortfall.
The State of Illinois will find out this week how willing investors are to buy the state’s bonds, which are rated the lowest in the country by Moody’s. The state plans to sell $3.7 billion worth of bonds as early as tomorrow to make this year’s pension payment.
Cook County commissioners are scheduled to discuss a new budget this week and they're still at odds over the effects of a controversial sales tax.Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle campaigned on rolling back a one percentage point increase in the sales tax.