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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

11 Aug 2017

Audits show lax oversight by Wisconsin agency counting Foxconn jobs

CHICAGO The Wisconsin agency tasked with holding Foxconn accountable for delivering up to 13,000 jobs in exchange for $1.5 billion in state payroll tax credits has a history of failing to verify job-creation claims and rewarding companies that fall short of quotas, according to state audits.

03 Aug 2017

Needy Illinois schools face anxiety over looming state aid cutoff

CHICAGO Illinois’ most financially distressed school districts appear capable of opening on schedule this month, but some may face shutdowns in September and possible bond-rating downgrades if $6.7 billion in state education funding remains frozen by a new round of political deadlock.

02 Aug 2017

Needy Illinois schools face anxiety over looming state aid cutoff

CHICAGO, Aug 2 Illinois’ most financially distressed school districts appear capable of opening on schedule this month, but some may face shutdowns in September and possible bond-rating downgrades if $6.7 billion in state education funding remains frozen by a new round of political deadlock.

01 Aug 2017

Illinois governor rejects school funding legislation

CHICAGO Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Tuesday blocked hundreds of millions of new state dollars from going to cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools (CPS) by rewriting parts of a state school-funding overhaul bill, potentially imperiling the entire legislation and the flow of state money to all school districts.

10 Jul 2017

Big financial woes linger in Illinois' new budget

CHICAGO Illinois' first budget after two years is filled with partial outlines to address its debt-ridden pension system and unpaid bill backlog -- signs that political fighting and the fiscal mess in the nation's fifth-largest state are far from over.

07 Jul 2017

Contentious end to Illinois budget impasse turns threatening

CHICAGO A rage-filled electorate lashed out at Illinois’ public officials as a two-year fiscal impasse ended on Thursday with a tense security lockdown of its Capitol and fallout from a death threat against a state legislator.

07 Jul 2017

Illinois lawmakers override vetoes to enact first budget in two years

CHICAGO Illinois ended its historic budget drought on Thursday after the House of Representatives enacted the state's first complete spending plan since 2015 by overriding the governor's vetoes.

06 Jul 2017

Possible Illinois budget fix poses big financial questions

CHICAGO A Democratic plan to end Illinois’ crippling two-year budget stalemate is poised to be enacted by the state House of Representatives on Thursday, but the nearly 2,000-page package leaves gaping financial holes unresolved.

06 Jul 2017

Illinois risks rating cut to junk even with budget: Moody's

CHICAGO Even if Illinois' House of Representatives takes action to enact a new budget on Thursday, the state still risks a downgrade in its credit rating to junk, Moody's Investors Service warned on Wednesday.

05 Jul 2017

Illinois House sets Thursday budget veto override vote

CHICAGO, July 5 The Illinois House on Thursday will attempt to overturn Governor Bruce Rauner's vetoes of spending and revenue bills and end a two-year budget impasse that threatens to sink the state's credit ratings to junk.

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