House Speaker John Boehner
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
October 15, 2013

House Hints At Plan To Counter Senate’s, But Details Are Scant

House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that Republican leaders were "trying to find a way forward" in the partisan impasse over the partial government shutdown and debt ceiling, but gave no specifics of a reported counter-proposal to an emerging Senate plan.


Pat Quinn
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October 14, 2013

Gov. Quinn Calls For New Capital Construction Program

Illinois’ largest capital construction program expires next year, and Gov. Pat Quinn say he hopes to introduce a similar plan. However, it is unclear how that would be funded.


Still Right Twice A Day: Visitors look at the Ohio Clock outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill Sunday. The clock that has stood watch over the Senate for 196 years stopped running shortly after noon Wednesday. Employees who wind the clock weekly
(Jose Luis Magana/AP)
October 14, 2013

Reid And McConnell Cite ‘Progress’ As Default Deadline Looms

The House and Senate were in session on Columbus Day, the 14th day of the federal government shutdown. A meeting that had been arranged between President Obama, Vice President Biden and the four main leaders of Congress was postponed, as the White House cited the progress being made in negotiations.


Agribusiness giant ADM recently opened a 275-acre container shipping rail yard near Decatur, Ill., in part to export more grain.
(Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media)
October 14, 2013

Shipping Containers Can Open Export Market To Farmers

A huge new rail yard has been buzzing on the outskirts of Decatur, Ill. Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently opened the 275-acre facility that would be at home at any major port city on the coast. But it’s in the heart of Illinois farm country because farmers have been taking advantage of a new method of shipping out their products.


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