Missouri lawmakers called in; Illinois auditor general fined
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Missouri lawmakers called in; Illinois auditor general fined

Missouri lawmakers will be called back into session Monday, a little more than a week after they closed out their regular session.

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American political divide fuels dysfunction, mistrust of government
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American political divide fuels dysfunction, mistrust of government

Political landscapes have been changing rapidly, and there's a natural tendency to see the actions of politicians as the root cause. Maybe that's the wrong method of analysis. Maybe the politicians Americans get are the result of those societal changes, r

Political narratives shape international and state issues
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Political narratives shape international and state issues

Humans are story-telling creatures. There are stories in politics, too.

Departing aldermen: Little things matter on Quincy City Council
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Departing aldermen: Little things matter on Quincy City Council

Two Quincy aldermen whose terms will end in May say there are little things about serving on the City Council that probably would surprise most people.

All-or-nothing strategy in U.S. House keeps Obamacare in place
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All-or-nothing strategy in U.S. House keeps Obamacare in place

Health care talks in the U.S. House last week show how polarized that chamber is, and how much energy all sides can expend on an issue that is far from its final form.

Poll surprises nobody, finding Illinoisans don't like taxes
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Poll surprises nobody, finding Illinoisans don't like taxes

A statewide poll released last week indicated that a majority of Illinois voters say the state should balance the budget through spending cuts -- without any tax increases.

Sales tax hike could be part of Illinois budget deal
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Sales tax hike could be part of Illinois budget deal

Most of the news coverage about tax options in Illinois has focused on income taxes that might be raised as part of a budget deal between lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner. Sales tax changes also are under consideration.

Shouting across political divide rarely effective tack
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Shouting across political divide rarely effective tack

As so often happens in partisan circles, the tactics used against one political party a few years ago are now being turned against the other party.