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. 


March 18, 2013

Hillary Clinton Announces Support for Same-Sex Marriage

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for same-sex marriage Monday, putting her in line with other potential Democratic presidential candidates on a social issue that is rapidly gaining public approval.


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