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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

Jun 04 2018

Illinois governor signs 'balanced but imperfect' FY 2019 budget

CHICAGO, June 4 Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law on Monday a $38.5 billion, fiscal 2019 budget that he called balanced but not perfect.

May 31 2018

Savings from Illinois' pension buyout plan could fall short

CHICAGO Illinois might not be able to bank on all of the $423 million in much-needed pension savings from a buyout plan included in a fiscal 2019 budget that received final approval in the state legislature on Thursday, government finance experts said.

May 31 2018

Illinois budget speeds through legislature, heads to governor

CHICAGO The Illinois House gave final legislative approval on Thursday to a $38.5 billion fiscal 2019 budget that will now head to Governor Bruce Rauner, avoiding the political stalemate that had plagued the state in previous years.

May 25 2018

Credit analysts focus on substance over timing of Illinois budget

CHICAGO The heat is on for Illinois lawmakers to address the state's financial problems in a fiscal 2019 budget that faces a May 31 deadline for passage with a simple-majority vote, credit rating analysts said on Friday.

Apr 23 2018

Illinois' vendor lifeline at risk as interest payments lag

CHICAGO Illinois' inability to pay interest penalties on overdue state bills could sink a program that allows unpaid vendors to obtain immediate cash and keep essential state services flowing, private lenders participating in the program said on Monday.

Apr 20 2018

Illinois GO, hovering above 'junk' credit, among prominent deals next week

NEW YORK Financially beleaguered Illinois will come back to the U.S. municipal bond market with an offering rated one or two notches above "junk" grade in the most notable of more than $8 billion in debt offerings scheduled for next week.

Apr 18 2018

U.S. states look to tax day to gauge fallout from federal tax law

CHICAGO Taxpayer actions in response to sweeping federal tax changes passed by the U.S. Congress late last year will likely force states that tax personal income to tear up their revenue forecasts and start again.

Apr 18 2018

U.S. states look to tax day to gauge fallout from federal tax law

CHICAGO, April 18 Taxpayer actions in response to sweeping federal tax changes passed by the U.S. Congress late last year will likely force states that tax personal income to tear up their revenue forecasts and start again.

Apr 04 2018

Sagging school funding fuels U.S. teacher protests

CHICAGO U.S. teacher demonstrations are likely to spread as more educators hit the streets to take on states that they claim are choosing tax cuts over the education of students in elementary and secondary public schools.

Mar 26 2018

Battered by Great Recession, underfunded public pensions to persist

CHICAGO Ten years on from the financial crisis, many U.S. state and local public pension systems are still the worse for wear.

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