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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

18 Oct 2017

Chicago mayor unveils 'gimmick-free' budget for FY 2018

CHICAGO Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a fiscal 2018 budget on Wednesday that he said eschews "fiscal smoke and mirrors," but critics said vestiges of those practices remain.

17 Oct 2017

Illinois sells first $1.5 billion of bonds to pay overdue bills

CHICAGO Illinois on Tuesday sold the first $1.5 billion of a planned $6 billion of tax-exempt debt in the U.S. municipal market with mixed results.

11 Oct 2017

Big Soda scores victory as Chicago-area tax repealed

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO Government officials in Chicago's home county voted on Wednesday to repeal a tax on sugary drinks, a win for a soda industry that has faced criticism from public health officials who link excessive consumption to health epidemics like obesity.

10 Oct 2017

Chicago-area tax on sugary drinks on way out after vote

CHICAGO A Chicago-area tax on soft drinks and other sugary beverages that angered some consumers and merchants was headed for repeal after a pivotal government vote on Tuesday to end it.

14 Sep 2017

Former Chicago-area school head indicted for misusing bond funds

CHICAGO The former superintendent of a suburban-Chicago public high school district has been indicted on federal fraud charges involving the misuse of proceeds from a bond sale, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced on Thursday.

17 Aug 2017

Students head back to unfunded schools in three U.S. states

CHICAGO The failure of three U.S. states to enact legislation to fund education has left hundreds of school districts scrambling for cash as students return to the classroom.

11 Aug 2017

Chicago schools budget counts on uncertain funding

CHICAGO A fiscal 2018 budget unveiled on Friday by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) depends on nearly $570 million in new money from the state and city that may not materialize or has not been identified.

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.

19 Jul 2017

Minnesota governor's veto of legislative funding voided by judge

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's May 30 veto of funding for the state legislature was unconstitutional, according to a state judge, who voided the action on Wednesday.

18 Jul 2017

Kansas school funding fix a tough sell to high court

A Kansas law aimed at meeting a state constitutional requirement to adequately fund public schools ran into skepticism from some state supreme court justices on Tuesday.

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