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  • Tax cuts for the rich have made us poorer

    Tax cuts for the rich have made us poorer
    With a slow economic recovery looming over families in Maryland and all across America, the debate over the continuation of the Bush tax cuts has boiled to the surface. As essential programs struggle to survive on decreased revenue in a time of increasing...
  • Republican efforts to rein in Washington on pot, guns draw protests

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Efforts by congressional Republicans to block new laws in Washington, D.C., decriminalizing marijuana possession and tightening restrictions on guns have provoked a summer tempest between residents of the capital and U.S. lawmakers....
  • Biden to raise money for Quinn, Democrats in Chicago

    Biden to raise money for Quinn, Democrats in Chicago
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden will visit Chicago on Monday to raise campaign money for Gov. Pat Quinn and Democrats running for Congress, a White House aide said.   The Democratic governor is in a tough re-election fight against...
  • Congress needs to fight 'patent trolls'

    The American patent system is the lifeblood of our nation’s economy. It encourages innovation, spurs job creation and promotes economic growth both here in Illinois and across the country. But “patent trolls” are burdening the...
  • Chicago Democrats gather to support Hillary Clinton presidential bid

    Chicago Democrats gather to support Hillary Clinton presidential bid
    Supporters of a potential presidential bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton, including several prominent Illinois Democrats, attended a pair of downtown fundraisers Thursday, giving cash to a political action committee aimed at providing the Illinois native...
  • Lucille 'Jackie' Gallagher, Chicago Teachers Union spokeswoman, 1928-2014

     Lucille 'Jackie' Gallagher, Chicago Teachers Union spokeswoman, 1928-2014
    Lucille "Jackie" Gallagher was an aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for a decade before working for 12 years as a spokeswoman for the Chicago Teachers Union. At the CTU from 1991 to 2003, she worked under union chiefs Jacqueline Vaughn, Tom...
  • Illinois U.S. House members challenge O'Hare runway expansion's approval

    Illinois U.S. House members challenge O'Hare runway expansion's approval
    Three U.S. House members from Illinois on Thursday challenged the 2005 federal approval of Chicago’s O’Hare runway expansion project, writing a letter to the FAA that cited a spike in complaints from constituents about increased jet noise....
  • Lawmakers press GM on report's findings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers expressed disbelief Wednesday at General Motors' explanation for why it took 11 years to recall millions of small cars with defective ignition switches, and also confronted its chief executive with evidence that the...
  • Pelosi backs Obama on Bergdahl exchange

    Pelosi backs Obama on Bergdahl exchange
    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi today defended President Barack Obama’s decision to swap five suspected Taliban members for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without notifying Congress and said she would have supported the move if it had been done...
  • Want to help protect women worldwide? Apparently, Congress doesn't.

    Recently, two girls, aged 14 and 15, were gang-raped in the poverty-stricken Uttar Pradesh state of India. They were later found dead, hanging from the branches of a mango tree. In Pakistan late last month, family members of a pregnant woman beat her to...
  • Tales of Obamacare: From elation to frustration

    Tales of Obamacare: From elation to frustration
    As the deadline to acquire new health insurance under the Affordable Care Act draws closer, Chicago-area residents are nailing down plans for 2014. The health overhaul law, the major portion of which went into effect Jan. 1, aimed to make insurance more...
  • Kain Colter, Ramogi Huma try to recruit union allies in Congress

    Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and Ramogi Huma, the founder and president of the National College Players Assn., will meet with members of Congress on Wednesday in preparation for an appeal of a ruling that full scholarship athletes at...