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Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM
By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Politicians React to End of Shutdown

Naturally, this split is along party lines. Only one in the Illinois delegation voted no to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Read »

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM
By Mark W. Anderson

Shutdown Roundup: 5 Best Reads on What Just Happened

Shutdown Roundup: 5 Best Reads on What Just Happened

Here are five of the best reads from a spin around the internet about the government shutdown, Republican intransigence and where we are today. Read »

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 at 1:16 PM
By Kim Vatis

Furloughed Chicago Couple Feel Like "Political Pawns"

30-year EPA veterans forced to stay at home. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM
By Mary Ann Ahern, Lauren Jiggetts

WWII Vets Return Home to Heroes' Welcome

After surviving World War II, a little partisan political bickering is hardly a hurdle for a group of Illinois veterans. Read »

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM
By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Confident Federal Shutdown Will Be Averted

Still, Illinois must be prepared for it, he said. Read »

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