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Durbin, Quinn push for minimum wage increase

CHICAGO | U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn have joined labor unions and workers to push for raising the minimum wage.

March 31, 2014 12:44 pm
Estimated size of Lake Michigan oil spill grows again

Estimated size of Lake Michigan oil spill grows again

The oil spill at the BP Whiting Refinery may be as much as three times as large as first estimated.

March 27, 2014 5:30 pm
BP says majority of surface oil recovered after spill

BP says majority of surface oil recovered after spill

WHITING | After the second day of cleanup, crews have removed the "vast majority" of surface oil floating in a Lake Michigan cove after BP Whiting Refinery discharged as much as 756 gallons of crude into the Great Lake.

March 26, 2014 8:00 pm
Coats seeks return of 'regular order' in U.S. Senate

Coats seeks return of 'regular order' in U.S. Senate

INDIANAPOLIS | If Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate following this year's elections, expect a fierce intraparty battle over whether to punish Democrats for enacting Senate rules changes that largely have sidelined the chamber's minority party.

March 22, 2014 4:44 pm
Donnelly visiting Ukraine, Israel

Donnelly visiting Ukraine, Israel

INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is traveling to Ukraine and Israel this week for meetings with government leaders and military personnel in both nations.

March 20, 2014 1:00 pm
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: SSMMA announces '14 priorities

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: SSMMA announces '14 priorities

Each year the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association develops its legislative priorities for the federal, state and county levels.

February 16, 2014 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Preserve historic Pullman places, faces

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Preserve historic Pullman places, faces

“The stories are in these faces,” I said out loud while walking through the Historic Pullman Foundation Visitors Center. Looking at the historic images of the proud Pullman Porters and mustached Hotel Florence workers and guests, I saw stories waiting to be told.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Dick Durbin and Jim Garrett

Dick Durbin and Jim Garrett

U.S. Sen. Dick Dubrin, left, and Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Jim Garrett at the Historic Pullman Foundation Visitors Center in Chicago after the Jan. 24 announcement of the Pullman National Historical Park Act.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am

For Illinois senators, an odd public friendship

CHICAGO | On Capitol Hill, where the partisan divide runs so deep it has shut down the government, it can be unusual for members of opposing parties to publicly join together for much of anything — much less birthday cake.

December 20, 2013 11:51 pm

Senators urge that steelmaking tarriffs stay in place

Current tariffs prevent China, India and other countries from dumping hot-rolled steel in the United States, and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators hope to keep it that way.

October 30, 2013 2:45 pm
DOUG ROSS: Primary motivation adds pressure for Republicans

DOUG ROSS: Primary motivation adds pressure for Republicans

There's a lot riding on the immigration reform proposals now before Congress, and not just for immigrants.

June 14, 2013 12:00 am Related

Durbin, Kelly announce $123,000 investment in Lansing first-responder capabilities

LANSING | U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly, D-IL, announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has made a $123,287 investment in the Lansing Fire Department in Lansing, Illinois. Today’s funding wil…

May 03, 2013 1:47 pm

EDITORIAL: Build infrastructure for jobs now, later

When U.S. Steel Chairman and CEO John Surma said the nation must invest more in its infrastructure, he was right on target. Spending on infrastructure creates jobs immediately and lays the foundation for future private sector growth.

July 12, 2012 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: Illegal immigrants' help needed to fight crime

DOUG ROSS: Illegal immigrants' help needed to fight crime

As much as I try to connect the dots on major issues, sometimes those dots seem to connect themselves. That has been happening on illegal immigration lately.

July 04, 2012 12:00 am
Region lawmakers divided on Obama immigration decision

Region lawmakers divided on Obama immigration decision

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana and Illinois lawmakers reacted along party lines Friday to President Barack Obama's decision to halt deportations and provide work permits to undocumented immigrants who came to the country at a young age.

June 15, 2012 7:00 pm Photos

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DOUG ROSS: Pick up speed on transportation bill

DOUG ROSS: Pick up speed on transportation bill

Cross your fingers for the federal transportation bill now before a congressional conference committee. If the negotiations collapse, it would reinforce Americans' already intense disgust with Congress. 

June 01, 2012 12:00 am

Ind. lawmaker wants online sales tax to replace state inheritance tax

INDIANAPOLIS | The state would lose $165 million a year starting in 2020 if a proposal to eliminate Indiana's inheritance tax becomes law, but a top Senate Republican has a plan to replace that revenue.

January 03, 2012 12:00 am

Ind. lawmaker wants sales tax collected for online purchases

INDIANAPOLIS | A powerful state senator wants Indiana's Congressional delegation to support legislation applying the state's 7 percent sales tax to Internet purchases.

August 19, 2011 8:40 pm

Lawmaker wants online purchases taxed

Powerful state senator Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, wants Indiana's Congressional delegation to support legislation applying the state's 7-percent sales tax to Internet purchases.

August 19, 2011 8:40 pm
DOUG ROSS: Immigration reform opens door to Hispanic votes

DOUG ROSS: Immigration reform opens door to Hispanic votes

President Barack Obama has made some bold moves -- and like them or not, they're bold -- that might have ramifications in Indiana next year.

May 13, 2011 12:00 am
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