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by Aricka Flowers
Tue Oct 1, 2013

U.S. Government Shutdown: How Did We Get Here And What's Next?

The U.S. government has shut down. Now what? Progress Illinois takes a look at how we got here and what could happen over the next several hours and days as leaders in the House and Senate refuse to give in to the other's demands.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue May 28, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Face Continued Economic Challenges

Although the U.S. labor market has seen some improvement, it is not enough to significantly help the long-term unemployed and individuals who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, say economists and labor experts. We take a closer look at this issue in part one of our latest look at the nation's unemployment crisis. Check back with Progress Illinois later this week for a look at how the sequester cuts have only added to the woes of the long-term unemployed.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu May 23, 2013

Senate Votes Down Amendment To Reform 'Outdated' Sugar Program In Farm Bill

Reforming the sugar program in the nation's farm bill would make U.S. manufacturers more competitive and reduce prices for consumers, said U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), co-sponsor of an amendment to revamp the system.

The amendment, S. 345, did not seek to eliminate the program. Instead, it aimed to reform restrictions on imports as well as subsidies for sugar growers, along with other changes. But the Senate rejected the amendment by a 45-54 vote Wednesday.

“We’ve been hearing a lot of talk about the need to protect America’s sugar farmers, but what we haven’t heard is that sugar remains the most tightly controlled commodity market in this country,” Shaheen said during floor discussion in the Senate Wednesday. “We currently have an outdated ... program that offers a sweet deal to a small group of sugar growers and processors at the expense of too many other American businesses and at the expense of American consumers.”

PI Original
by Jon Graef
Tue Oct 16, 2012

Undecided Voters On The Minds Of Candidates In Tight 13th Congressional District Race

In Illinois’ 13th Congressional District Race, one of the closest in the state, a recent poll of 400 likely voters found Republican Rodney Davis and Democrat David Gill to be one percentage point apart, just weeks before the November 6 election. We offer a closer look at the race.