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Lawmakers Won't Let Pay Freeze Rush Pension Fix

Posted: 07/13/2013 - Lawmakers under pressure to solve Illinois' pension crisis say their progress is tied less to their pay than the process of calculating savings for the state's coffers.

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Illinois Lawmakers End Third Pension Meeting

Posted: 07/08/2013 - A bipartisan panel finished a third meeting about the state's $97 billion pension crisis as another deadline set by Gov. Pat Quinn is set to lapse without a solution.

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Judge Blocks New Wisconsin Abortion Law

Posted: 07/08/2013 - A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions.

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Halfway House: Ryan Still has Year of Supervision

Posted: 07/03/2013 - A halfway house manager who processed the paperwork releasing George Ryan from home confinement says the former Illinois governor will still be subject to one year's supervision.

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Report: NSA can keep US records indefinitely

Posted: 06/20/2013 - The National Security Agency can keep copies of intercepted communications from or about U.S. citizens if the material contains significant intelligence or evidence of crimes.

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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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