Even as Congress and the White House tussle over a Fiscal 2012 budget, the National Endowment for the Arts has spent the last of its Fiscal 2011 cash in a series of grants announced last month in which a number of Chicago organizations picked up federal bucks.Chicago theater industry recipients are
Not so long ago, when the question was war, the response on Capitol Hill was an automatic blank check.A largely compliant Congress, and presidents and politicians who were fearful of looking "weak on defense" or "unpatriotic," rubber-stamped massive military spending.Funny how 10 years, two $1 trill
The role of fraud in the housing crisis is getting attention this week at a Chicago gathering of attorneys general from states across the country.Since last year, the AGs have been looking into procedures of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers, led by Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Ch
The head of the Republican Party in Illinois says Rod Blagojevich could still be a political issue in the next statewide elections in 2014.Jury selection is underway in the former governor's corruption trial.Pat Brady runs the Illinois Republican Party.
After a five-week layoff, the Indiana House is racing to approve bills --- including the state budget --- to make up for lost time.With Republicans firmly in control, the Indiana House approved a $28 billion two-year spending plan this week. The Indiana Senate, also controlled by Republicans,
No sooner did Air Force One land at Andrews Air Force Base just outside Washington, returning President Obama from his Latin American trip, than did Speaker John Boehner make public a letter to Obama demanding clarification on many aspects of the U.S.