Coverage of the stalemate in Congress that forced the U.S. government to a standstill

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 06:14 AM CDT

The Nation Returns to Normal After Shutdown

The Nation Returns to Normal After Shutdown

Life began to return to normal as the federal government reopened its doors after the 16-day partial shutdown that culminated in a late-night rush to pass a bill and avoid a default on the nation's debt. Federal

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM CDT

Federal Employees Head Back to Work as Shutdown Ends

Federal Employees Head Back to Work as Shutdown Ends

Hundreds of thousands of furloughed workers were ordered back on the job Thursday after Congress ended the 16-day government shutdown with a last-minute deal that also averted a debt default.

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 07:23 AM CDT

What You Could Buy with the $24B the Shutdown Cost

What You Could Buy with the $24B the Shutdown Cost

What's the cost of a shutdown? That's still unclear, but the number will reach into the billions.

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

Billions in New Spending Added to Debt Bill

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 03:39 PM CDT

Obama to GOP: Want Change? "Win an Election"

Obama to GOP: Want Change? "Win an Election"

President Obama said "there are no winners here" after lawmakers reached a last-minute agreement to reopen the government after a 16-day shutdown and avert default. The fiscal showdowns had inflicted "completely...

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM CDT

Memorials, Museums Reopen After Shutdown

Memorials, Museums Reopen After Shutdown

After the 16-day government shutdown, parks and museums closed during the government shutdown will reopen. All national parks -- from Yosemite to Shenandoah National Park -- will reopen Thursday.

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Willis Tower Could Have New Buyer

Willis Tower Could Have New Buyer

Published reports said the 110-story tower was on the market and may already have a likely buyer.

March Freeze to Bring More Record-Breaking Cold

March Freeze to Bring More Record-Breaking Cold

As polar air moves in Tuesday night, Chicago faces more potentially record-breaking cold temperatures and wind chill values below zero.

JRW Whistleblower Arrested in Evergreen Park

JRW Whistleblower Arrested in Evergreen Park

Chris Janes, the vice president of the Evergreen Park Athletic Association who prompted an investigation into the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged...

Ald. Deb Mell Opponent Files For Recount

Ald. Deb Mell Opponent Files For Recount

A Chicago Public Schools teacher vying for the 33rd Ward aldermanic seat against incumbent Deb Mell filed legal paperwork on Tuesday setting the grounds for a recount — and claiming “machine dirty tricks” —...

What to Know About the Boston Bombing Trial

What to Know About the Boston Bombing Trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a jury on charges that he detonated bombs at the end of the Boston Marathon killing three and injuring others.

Rahm Responds to Sen. Kirk's Unofficial Endorsement

Rahm Responds to Sen. Kirk's Unofficial Endorsement

Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave a subtle affirmation of Sen. Mark Kirk's not-so-subtle statement about Chicago becoming the next Detroit if Emanuel wasn't re-elected.