The U.S. Capitol is seen as lawmakers worked to avert a government shutdown Friday in Washington, D.C.
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January 20, 2018

Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Pass Funding Measure

The federal government may be in a partial shutdown, but the gears of a political blame game kept rolling Saturday morning. President Trump was tweeting at dawn, blaming Democrats for the lapse in government funding as the Senate failed to advance a four-week extension overnight.


Prison bars.
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January 17, 2018

Rauner Signs Law To Help Women Behind Bars

Flanked by inmates at the all-female Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation to create a women-specific division within the Department of Corrections. 


Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago)
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January 16, 2018

‘A Lesson For How NOT To Do Bill-Making’

Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto authority to make big changes to a small clean-up bill that’s necessary to enact school funding reform. Democrats who pushed the reform warned that Rauner’s action could derail the bipartisan effort to make school funding more equitable. As it turns out, they’re not the only ones upset about it.


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