The IRS stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns Wednesday because of problems with some of its computer systems. The outage could affect refunds, but the agency said it doesn’t anticipate “major disruptions.” A “hardware failure” forced the shutdown of several tax processing systems, including the e-file system, the IRS said in a statement. The […]


Conservatives were hoping to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, which will continue to receive funding despite protests.   Just seven hours before federal agencies ran…

  Their roles in the Government Shutdown has gotten them bad press and increase blame.   John Boehner and his House Republicans woke to a…

  It’s over. But just for now. President Barack Obama signed a bill that ends the 16-day partial government shutdown and raises the debt ceiling, the White House said early Thursday morning. Weeks of bitter political fighting gave way to a frenzied night in Washington as Congress passed the bill that would prevent the country […]

Ticktock. Ticktock. Just over a week remains. If the Democrats and Republicans don’t stop bickering and agree to how the U.S. should pay its bills, the federal government will shut down, come October 1. And at a time when the economy’s finally showing signs of life, that could be troubling. Shutdowns don’t come cheap. Federal […]

  The Chicago school system, the nation’s third largest, is in big financial trouble, with a billion dollar deficit coming up, falling enrollment, and a recent massive teacher strike over a contract dispute. After a heavily protested meeting where multiple people had to be thrown out, the Chicago Board Of Education voted 4-2 to close 49 schools […]

RTA will delay its rail start time Saturday morning as Innerbelt Bridge construction continues. All east side rapid transit service (red, green and blue lines) will be replaced by shuttle buses from the beginning of service Saturday until approximately 9 a.m. RTA is delaying rapid startup while Innerbelt-related work happens over the tracks. Bus departure […]