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Is the 40-hour work week a thing of the past?

While 40 hours is the standard definition for being employed full-time, a recently released Gallup poll shows that 50 percent of Americans are working far more than 40 hours each week.

Analysis: What if Illinois raised the minimum wage?

The advisory referendum that Illinois Democrats have placed on the November ballot to raise the state minimum wage to $10 per hour is non-binding. Republicans have called the measure “meaningless.” However, if the state legislature were to actually take up—and pass—a bill raising wages to $10 per hour, it would springboard Illinois to the top of state minimum wages.

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TAX STATS: How Illinois compares when it comes to taxation

The latest version of a report on Illinois’ national rankings, released recently by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, highlights where the state ranks in terms of tax revenue. With the nation's fifth largest population, it makes sense that in total revenue dollars, Illinois ranks relatively high.

President Barack Obama walks away from a green while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass. last week. | AP Photo/Steven Senne

Obama's vacation days vs. his predecessors

The criticism has the president's aides confronting a question it faces whenever Obama gets away: Is there ever a good time for the commander in chief to take a few days off?

 
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