Copies of President Obama's proposed budget plan for fiscal year 2014 are prepared for delivery at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington in April 2013.
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
September 17, 2013

CBO Report Warns Of Long-Term Debt Problems

There's plenty of fodder for deficit hawks in a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. In short, the future looks grim.


September 16, 2013

Urbana Approves Sales Tax Hike

On Monday night, the Urbana City Council approved a plan to raise the city's sales tax by a quarter of a percent, bringing it to 9 percent, just below Chicago and in line with Champaign.


NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
(Charles Dharapak/AP)
September 13, 2013

NPR To Offer Voluntary Buyouts In Bid To Balance Budget

Saying that the goal is to balance its budget in fiscal year 2015, NPR announced late Friday morning that it will soon offer "a voluntary buyout plan across the organization that reduces staffing levels by approximately 10 percent."


September 10, 2013

Quinn Halts Funding For Capitol Renovation

Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended funding for the next phase of a pricey renovation project at the state Capitol that's caused embarrassment for financially-shaky Illinois and raised questions about how it was allowed.


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