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  • JILL LAWLESS , Associated Press
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The first major battle is likely to be about money. The EU says Britain must pay a hefty divorce bill of up to 60 billion euros ($64 billion), to cover EU staff pensions and other expenses the U.K. has committed to. Britain hasn't ruled out a payment, but is sure to quibble over the size of the tab.

  • Erin Murphy Times Bureau

DES MOINES — If and when he leaves office to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will see an increase to his …

I’ve heard it before, “I don’t need anyone negotiating for me, I’m my own man.”

The Quad-City Times recent editorial, “Veto the so-called education 'hike,’” spurred me to consider facts, percentages, and real world math im…

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  • Dan Petrella Times Bureau

SPRINGFIELD — The budget impasse that has plagued Illinois for nearly two years has disrupted the flow of funds to public universities and com…


SPRINGFIELD — Illinois state senators ditched their planned vote Thursday on a compromise to end a historic budget deadlock and got a stern lecture from leaders about what tough steps they must take next month when they reconvene.

The Quad-City Times headline “Pensions are out of date” caught my attention in that it seemed to call for the elimination of public pensions. …