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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Oct 24, 2016

Government Report Sparks Debate Over U.S. Fuel Economy Standards

Automakers have a "wide range of cost-effective technologies" at their disposal to meet 2025 fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for cars and light trucks.

But they may fall short of achieving the proposed fleet-wide fuel economy average of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025 because of increased demand for SUVs and pickups.

That assessment came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and the California Air Resources Board in a recent report.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Jan 20, 2015

Manufacturing Wages On The Decline, Experts Say

A recent report shows that U.S. manufacturing wages have tumbled over the past decade. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the findings and gets reaction from U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, who has been working on efforts to promote job training and growth in manufacturing. 

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by Aricka Flowers
Thu Nov 1, 2012

Early Voting Outlook Good For Obama, Sandy Causes Firestorm For Romney Campaign

Early voting numbers and poll results are not the only troublesome issues plaguing the Romney campaign this week. From Superstorm Sandy to endorsements to a controversial campaign ad, there are quite a few things that are dogging the Republican's campaign this week, just days before the election.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Wed Aug 1, 2012

U.S. Auto Fuel Efficiency Hits Record High With New Standards On The Horizon

Fuel efficiency for new cars sold in the U.S. reached a record high for the first half of 2012, according to the findings of an analysis released last week.

The study was conducted by the automotive analytical firm, Baum and Associates on behalf of the environmental advocacy group, Natural Resources Defense Council.  Two main factors the research identified as being a catalyst behind the trend included an increased production of highly fuel efficient vehicles as well as a rise in consumer demand for such cars.

“Not only are consumers happy about this, but also the automakers themselves,” said Alan Baum, principal of Baum and Associates. “When you look at the new product offerings that are coming, the automakers are clearly aware of the interest of the consumer in fuel economy.”