Republicans say they've found another way to fundraise for a future Barack Obama presidential library ... one that doesn't involve state funds. This comes a day after Democrats advanced a plan to use state funds to entice the president to put his library in Chicago.
Illinois legislators will vote a second time on a plan to spend $100 million to help lure Barack Obama's Presidential Library and Museum to Chicago, following a controversy.
A lesson in politics: Whichever party is in charge can often use the rules to its advantage. Like last week, when the Obama library proposal passed out of a Democratic-controlled House committee with nine votes ... even though only five representatives were there. Republicans had skipped the hearing, and many say they're opposed to spending the money given Illinois' financial situation.
The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Illinois House are taking opposing views on whether Illinois should promise taxpayer money to try and lure President Barack Obama's library and museum to Chicago.
The head of Illinois' Democratic Party, Michael Madigan, wants Illinois to spend $100 million dollars on a Presidential Library and Museum for Barack Obama.
It's up to Obama to choose where it'll be located.
One of the key farm bill negotiators says the nation has entered “a new era of farm and food policy.”
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma) said the legislation President Obama signed into law Friday “values saving money, reforming or repealing government programs and yet still providing an effective safety net for the production of our national food supply and for those Americans who are struggling.” Read Lucas' full statement here.
President Barack Obama has signed legislation giving financial incentives to states to stockpile emergency medications in schools that could save lives in the cases of allergic reactions. The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile epinephrine.
Epinephrine is considered the first-line treatment for people with severe allergies. The medication is administered by injection through preloaded EpiPens. The measure was co-sponsored by Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk.
President Barack Obama is praising the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in his home state of Illinois. Obama, who served in the Illinois state Senate, released a statement saying he was ``overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois.''
The president is commending members of the Legislature for approaching the issue in an ``open and fair way.'' He says the nation's journey is not complete until gay men and women are treated equally under the law.
Same-sex marriage legislation passed the state House on Tuesday, nearly nine
The price of insurance policies that will be offered under the federal health care overhaul remain a mystery, even to state officials.
Oct. 1 will be a big day across the country for President Barack Obama's signature health care law. It's the launch date for insurance marketplaces, the Affordable Care Act's term for where people without insurance will be able to shop for coverage.