Barack Obama
(Charles Dharapak/AP)
October 17, 2013

Obama Calls For Budget, Immigration Reform By Year’s End

President Obama slammed the partisan standoff "spectacle" that he said had damaged the economy and America's international credibility, and called on Congress to pass a comprehensive budget, immigration reform and a farm bill by year's end.


October 17, 2013

Sept. Illinois Unemployment Rate Release Delayed

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says it will indefinitely delay the release of statewide unemployment data for September because of the partial federal-government shutdown.


October 17, 2013

Illinois Delegation Votes to End Government Shutdown

The lone member of Illinois' congressional delegation to vote against raising the nation's borrowing limit says he couldn't support the legislation because it ignores the nation's "massive debt.''


 Mitch McConnell
(Carolyn Kaster/AP)
October 16, 2013

Congress Approves Bill To End Government Shutdown, Avert Default

Bringing to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst, the House approved a Senate deal that will end a 16-day federal government shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history.


capitol
(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
October 16, 2013

What Happens If Congress Can’t Make A Deal On The Debt?

If you don't pay your electric bill on time, you'll probably get charged a buck or two in interest. As long as you pay off the balance in a reasonable amount of time, your lights will stay on.


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