March 23, 2013

Record Crop Insurance Payout Stirs Subsidy Debate

Farmers will be paid a record $16 billion in crop insurance claims for 2012 because of the widespread drought, a staggering amount that has critics calling for changes to what they say is an inefficient taxpayer subsidy the government cannot afford.


March 21, 2013

Illinois House Approves Pension Reform Measure

The Illinois House has approved a stripped-down pension plan that could delay and reduce cost-of-living increases for retirees and future retirees. The measure passed 66-50.


Dick Durbin
(Sean Powers/WILL)
March 20, 2013

Top Senate Democrat Proposes Social Security Panel

The Senate's No. 2 Democrat said Wednesday that he's preparing a plan to create a commission to study Social Security's fiscal problems and send a proposed solution to Congress for guaranteed votes in both House and Senate.


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