Tag Archives: Illinois

Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with border kids

In this June 20, 2014 photo, immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally stand in line for tickets at the bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. The immigrants entered the country through an area referred to as zone nine. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Tackling what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border, straining immigration resources and causing a political firestorm in Washington.

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Notable laws nationally add restrictions to life in 2013 (access required)

Notable laws nationally add restrictions to life in 2013

In California, a new law makes it a crime for a dog to pursue a bear or bobcat at any time.

In Illinois, it’s now illegal to sell, trade or distribute shark fins.

The National Conference of State Legislatures has compiled a list of laws around the country that went into effect Jan. 1. Here are others, as described by the NCSL.

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Arizona not alone in fiscal storm (access required)

The recession hit Arizona hard, but the situation here isn't as precarious as in Illinois, which is struggling from a whopping $13 billion budget deficit. Like Arizona, many states face significant budget shortfalls this year, a situation that probably will get worse as federal aid expires next year.

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