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by Aricka Flowers
Thu Oct 17, 2013

Government Shutdown Ends, Debt Ceiling Crisis Averted — For Now

The federal government is now open, workers are back on the job and the debt ceiling deadline of October 17 was barely met following a late night for Congress and the president. Progress Illinois takes a look the new deal, the effects of the government shutdown and what's next for Congress.

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by Aricka Flowers
Thu Oct 10, 2013

House GOP Offers Deal That Temporarily Raises Debt Ceiling, But Keeps Govt Closed (UPDATED)

House Republicans have unveiled a plan to temporarily hike the debt ceiling for six weeks, while the government would remain closed until a deal is reached with the White House on a long-term budget package.

“It is our hope that the president will look at this as an opportunity and a good-faith effort on our part to move halfway, halfway to what he’s demanded in order to have these conversations begin,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH,8) said of the proposal.

Under the plan, the new debt ceiling deadline would be November 22 and Boehner says there is no guarantee that the country would not be back at another impasse on the debt ceiling after the short-term extension is up.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed May 8, 2013

Online Retailers May Soon Lose 'Unfair Advantage' As Marketplace Fairness Act Heads To House, Proponents Say

The U.S. Senate voted to approve the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would require online retailers to comply with sales tax laws of states where they sell and ship goods. According to proponents of the measure, Internet shoppers are one step closer to losing the “unfair advantage” over consumers who choose to support local merchants. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the bill and what it could mean for the Prairie State.