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Dick Durbin: Banks "Frankly Own The Place" | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has been battling the banks the last few weeks in an effort to get 60 votes lined up for bankruptcy reform. He's losing. O...

Magic Johnson and the Tax Refund Rip-off

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Because of Johnson, the tax refund business might stick around, luring in more millions of Americans.

Congo Violence Fueled By Common Material In Cell Phones, Laptops

NYCity News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
NYCity News Service

Coltan, when refined, is used in many common electronic devices. But Congolese miners have been killed, and women raped, during the 11-year war over the valuable mineral deposits.

Handing Out Awards from Hollywood to Capitol Hill

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

We see cruelty and abuse every day in our work, and it's important to take a step back and celebrate the dedicated and compassionate people who are making a meaningful difference.

Durbin: "If you even knew how much time we spend raising money..."

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

For years, financial institutions like Bank of America and AIG donated millions to the very people who were supposed to regulate them. The result is obvious.

Political Fix Part of the Economic Solution

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

With powerful Congressional leaders now behind public financing, the chances to roll back the pay-to-play politics norm in Washington, D.C. have never looked better.

400 Dogs in Wire Cages

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

At puppy mills, breeding dogs are often stacked in filthy, wire cages for years on end, to produce litter after litter.

I Just Gave You $45 Billion. Why Am I Still Paying ATM Fees?

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Trey Ellis

The true cost of an ATM transaction is about a quarter. Let the banks make their money on interest from mortgages and business loans, the very loans that our bailout is supposed to foster.

Amtrak To Get $80 Million From Stimulus For Illinois Projects

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Amtrak in Illinois will receive $80 million in federal stimulus money to modernize train repair centers as well as to improve security and wheelchair ...

Illinois Science Boost: Fermilab, Argonne Get $48 Million in Federal Funds

Associated Press | Jo Napolitano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sen. Richard Durbin and Congressman Bill Foster are touting $48 million in funding for two Illinois lab projects. The Illinois Democrats say the mone...

Sam Stein

Sam Waterston Pushes Bipartisan Fair Elections Now Act | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is set to propose legislation this week that would create a public election financing system that would keep candidate...

Three Small Illinois Airports To Get $10M From Stimulus: Durbin

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Federal authorities are setting aside nearly $10 million in stimulus money for three Illinois airports. A statement from Sen. Dick Du...

Ryan Grim

Dems Fear AIG Greed Could Imperil Global Recovery Effort | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In hoping to prevent a global economic collapse, Congress and the president have had to walk a fine line. On one side is bubbling populist rage at fai...

I Want the Chair

One For The Table | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
One For The Table

Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dick Durbin entered this recipe into a March of Dimes dessert contest and won. What I like is the simplicity and elegance this dessert offers during a time when back to basics cooking has become very "en vogue".

Durbin: Quinn 'Has No Choice' But To Raise Income Tax

Chicago Tribune | Monique Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Saturday praised Gov. Pat Quinn for proposing an income tax increase, saying Illinois' new chief executive "has no choice." ...

Daley And Durbin Make Case For Earmarks: 'They Are Defensible'

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the federal government descends deeper into deficit spending, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Mayor Richard Daley today came out in defense of one politi...

Hey Sen. Durbin: FutureGen Dogs Bark, Green Caravan Moves On

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

While Durbin's eyes are on the prize of "38 billion tons of coal" that sit under our feet in the Illinois coal basin, he is missing the renewable energy revolution that is sweeping the rest of the nation.

CTA Circle Line Project Gets $8M Earmark In Omnibus Spending Bill

Chicago Public Radio | Ammad Omar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Transit Authority's long-discussed Circle Line is getting a boost from Congress. The project received a $8 million earmark - sponsored by ...

Ryan Grim

Financial Product Safety Commission: Dems Want Mortgages Regulated Like Toys, Drugs | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Discussion of the financial collapse routinely touches on issues of solvency, liquidity, bundled securities and the collapsing housing market. But it ...

High-Speed Rail To The Rescue: Durbin, Quinn Make Stimulus Funds Pitch For Train Project

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO - Illinois leaders want stimulus money to develop high-speed train travel between Chicago and St. Louis. Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Du...

Inside The Senate Omnibus Disaster: Reid Reportedly "Beside Himself"

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Passage of the $410 billion, leftover-from-last-year omnibus spending bill was supposed to be a perfunctory, pro forma task. Instead, it's become a co...

Durbin: Race Factored In Burris Seating

Chicago Tribune | Rick Pearson and Deanese Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Dick Durbin, who advised Sen. Roland Burris last week to step down from the Senate, acknowledged Sunday that racial considerations were at play i...

O'Connor Denies Claiming Support Of Emanuel, Durbin In Campaign Fliers

Chicago Sun-Times | Abdon M. Pallasch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Is Mayor Daley's "unofficial floor leader" claiming "unofficial endorsements" from Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Dick Durbin? No, no, no, Ald. Patrick O'Conn...

Durbin: Burris Testimony Incomplete, Raises Questions About Appointment

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

ATHENS, Greece -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he believes the testimony Roland Burris gave to Illinois lawmakers about his appointment to the U.S. Sena...

As Burris Storm Brews, Durbin In Greece With Potential Foe Giannoulias

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As a political storm brewed around new U.S. Sen. Roland Burris on Tuesday, fellow Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin kept mum, traveling out of the country wit...