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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

Aug 17 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.

Aug 11 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.

Aug 01 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.

Jul 19 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.

Jul 18 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.

Jul 12 2017

Illinois avoids downgrade to junk as S&P affirms BBB-minus rating

CHICAGO Illinois avoided being saddled with a junk credit rating from S&P, which on Wednesday affirmed the state's BBB-minus rating, citing eased concerns over a possible liquidity crisis in the wake of last week's budget enactment.

Jul 10 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.

Jul 06 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.

Jul 06 2017

Seven U.S. states still without budgets a week into new fiscal year

Seven U.S. states are still without budgets, nearly a week into the new fiscal year that started July 1.

Jul 05 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.


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