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Karen Pierog

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

Feb 15 2018

Kansas candidate raffles same type of rifle used in Florida shooting

A Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Kansas said on Thursday he has no plans to end his giveaway of the same type of assault rifle used in the deadly Florida high school shooting.

Feb 15 2018

Kansas candidate raffles same type of rifle used in Florida shooting

A Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Kansas said on Thursday he has no plans to end his giveaway of the same type of assault rifle used in the deadly Florida high school shooting.

Feb 14 2018

Illinois governor takes aim at pensions, healthcare costs in budget

CHICAGO Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a $75 billion fiscal 2019 budget on Wednesday that would be balanced if lawmakers agree to push some big-ticket costs onto local school districts and universities.

Feb 13 2018

Bill aims to restore U.S. tax break for advance refunding muni bonds

CHICAGO The federal tax exemption for a type of debt refunding used by U.S. states, cities, schools and other issuers to lower borrowing costs would be restored under a new bipartisan bill in Congress, two of its sponsors said on Tuesday.

Feb 12 2018

Upcoming state elections cast shadow over Illinois budget prospects

CHICAGO Illinois' upcoming elections are casting a shadow over the state's ability to pass a new budget, tackle its financial liabilities and keep its credit ratings from sinking into junk, analysts said.

Feb 06 2018

Stock market volatility raises risk for U.S. public pension funds

CHICAGO Recent stock market volatility could sting some U.S. public retirement funds in the short term and lead to bigger state and local government contributions in the event of a prolonged market downturn, pension analysts said on Tuesday.

Feb 01 2018

Detroit expects to end state oversight this spring

Detroit expects to emerge soon from three years of state supervision of its post-bankruptcy finances after the city ended its last fiscal year with a budget surplus, a city official said on Thursday.

Jan 31 2018

Illinois governor pitches bipartisanship to aid state finances

CHICAGO Illinois' Republican Governor Bruce Rauner on Wednesday called for a collaborative effort with Democrats to tackle rising pension costs and restore the state's "financial integrity."

Jan 24 2018

Explainer: More U.S. states eye donations to evade Trump tax changes

CHICAGO Legislation that first surfaced in California to give taxpayers a way to avoid the new cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions by making charitable donations has popped up in four more states so far, with others reviewing alternative methods.

Jan 22 2018

Illinois budget impasse cost state $1 billion in late payment penalties

CHICAGO Illinois incurred $1.03 billion in late bill payment penalties last year largely as a result of the state's unprecedented two-year budget impasse, the state comptroller reported on Monday.

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