House Speaker John Boehner
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
December 12, 2013

House Approves Budget Plan

The House has approved a bipartisan budget deal to cut around $23 billion from the federal deficit over 10 years while removing the threat of a possible government shutdown until 2015.


Families board the Polar Express on Dec. 6, 2013 in Monticello, Ill.
(Sean Powers/WILL)
December 12, 2013

Polar Express Rolls Into Monticello

At train stations from Rhode Island to Illinois to Oregon, children line up this month for one of the most important journeys of the year….on the Polar Express. Illinois Public Media’s Sean Powers recently took the trip in the central Illinois town of Monticello, where he was greeted with hot chocolate, plenty of music and dancing, and of course a visit from old Saint Nick.


December 12, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Research Marriage Law In Champaign

The passing of Illinois’ same-sex marriage law meant a number of celebrations among couples awaiting the day, but a lot of questions persist. One advocacy group is holding a series of forums, including one in Champaign Wednesday, to help explain the law. 


December 12, 2013

Madigan: Unlikely To Back Corporate Tax Breaks

House Speaker Michael Madigan has sharply criticized corporate requests for tax breaks and says he's unlikely to support deals for companies that pay little in taxes.


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