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House Rejects Farm Bill, 62 Republicans Vote No

Posted: 06/20/2013 - The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.

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18 Mayors: Limit Use of Food Stamps to Buy Soda

Posted: 06/18/2013 - The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting government food vouchers be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.

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White House Threatens Veto of House Farm Bill

Posted: 06/17/2013 - The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, 5-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry.

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IL Senator: `Hard Stances' Taken on Gun Laws

Posted: 05/29/2013 - The Illinois Senate sponsor of legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns says "tough stances" on whether local gun laws should be invalidated are holding up a compromise on the issue.

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Illinois House Approves 'Puppy Lemon' Law

Updated: 05/27/2013 - The House has approved a plan adding more protections for Illinois consumers who buy a dog or cat at a pet store and find out the pet is gravely ill.

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Obama Sees Narrower Terror Threat, Defends Drones

Updated: 05/23/2013 - President Barack Obama is outlining a narrowing terror threat that still imperils the nation but is now defined by smaller networks and homegrown extremists rather than the grandiose plots of al-Qaida.

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Speaker: House Guns Vote on Friday

Posted: 05/22/2013 - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns will get a vote Friday.

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Gitz Sworn in as Freeport Mayor

Updated: 05/20/2013 - A changing of the guard in Freeport. As the city swears in a new mayor for the first time in eight years.

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