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.


 handguns displayed in Sandy, Utah
(Rick Bowmer/AP)
March 19, 2013

Assault Weapons Ban Plan Dropped

An assault weapons ban won't be in the gun-control legislation that Democrats bring to the Senate floor next month, a decision that means the ban's chances of survival now are all but hopeless.


March 19, 2013

Retiree Health Insurance Lawsuit Dismissed

A Sangamon County judge has upheld a new Illinois law that requires state employees to pay for their health insurance upon retirement, but the issue is not settled for good.


March 19, 2013

Illinois, Iowa Could Bid on Fertilizer Facility

A Champaign legislator believes Illinois can rival what Iowa is offering to lure a fertilizer production facility to Tuscola. The two states could end up in a bidding war over Cronus Chemical’s $1.2 billion facility. 


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