Budget shortfalls are pushing many states to raise taxes in a recession.
The would-be senator from Illinois, named by a tainted governor, vows to fight on.
Economic hard times, plus shifting neighborhood and urban values, are key factors.
America's historic Route 66 fascinates visitors from other countries.
The candidate for secretary of Commerce faced pressure from a federal investigation into one of his political donors.
The scandal involving Governor Blagojevich is delaying key budget decisions.
His pick, former Illinois attorney general Burris, is well-regarded but lost his last four campaigns.