March 20, 2013

Both Sides Agree on Tough New Fracking Standards

In an unlikely partnership between longtime adversaries, some of the nation's biggest energy companies and environmental groups have agreed on a voluntary set of standards for gas and oil fracking in the Northeast that appear to go further than existing state and federal pollution regulations.


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.


Abbeyfield House in St. Joseph
(Jeff Bossert/WILL & The Abbeyfield House of St. Joseph)
March 20, 2013

A New Approach to Senior Living

A new kind of retirement community is a few months away from opening its doors in the village of St. Joseph.  It's called Abbeyfield House, which was started in the United Kingdom in the 1950's.


 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.


The post office in Nilwood, Ill., serves as an informal community center.
(Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media)
March 19, 2013

Rural Post Offices in Crisis

The U.S. Postal Service is in the midst of a major cost-cutting effort. Along with the well-publicized end of Saturday delivery that may happen this year and consolidating major mail centers, there is another move that is hitting home in rural America.  


March 19, 2013

SEIU Awaits U of I’s Response, Talks to Resume

After two more days of negotiations, building and food service workers at the University of Illinois say they’re now waiting for administrators’ response to their counterproposal. 


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