President Obama walks into an auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Monday for a speech about World AIDS Day.

(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

December 02, 2013 - News Local/State

Obama Launches HIV Cure Initiative, Ups Pledge For Global Health

Commemorating the 25th World AIDS Day a day late, President Obama announced an initiative Monday to find a cure for HIV infections that would be funded by $100 million shifted from existing spending.


December 02, 2013 - News Local/State

Finance Prof: Pension Proposal Lacking

A University of Illinois finance professor who helped craft a separate pension reform plan with other faculty last spring says the new one before lawmakers this week is missing some important pieces.


December 02, 2013 - News Local/State

Business Groups Back Illinois Pension Plan

Business groups including the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Manufacturing Association say they're in favor of a pension overhaul that lawmakers are poised to consider this week.


This image, provided by the Obama For America campaign, shows a still frame made from a video ad entitled "Only Choice."

(Uncredited/AP)

December 02, 2013 - News Local/State

Court Upholds Public Broadcasting Political Ad Ban

While lawyers dismantle many restrictions on political money, the rules affecting Morning Edition and Downton Abbey still stand tall. A federal court in San Francisco says public radio and TV stations cannot carry paid political ads.


internet sales tax impacts Amazon.com

(Paul Sakuma/AP)

December 02, 2013 - News Local/State

US Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal Of Internet Taxation

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a case challenging a New York state law requiring online companies to collect state sales taxes, just like brick and mortar stores do. The Illinois Supreme Court recently rejected a similar tax law in the state.


The HealthCare.gov website.

(Jon Elswick/ap)

December 01, 2013 - News Local/State

HealthCare.gov Is Now Working Smoothly, White House Says

White House officials say the government's health insurance website, which has been plagued with problems ever since it launched in October, is now working smoothly for most users.


November 30, 2013 - News Local/State

Pension Legislation Details Released

Earlier this week, legislative leaders announced a deal to bring a pension overhaul before the full chambers. It is estimated to save $160 billion over the next 30 years. 


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