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IL: Group pushes for health-care exchange, regardless of ruling

IL: Group pushes for health-care exchange, regardless of ruling

By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — A band of health-care advocates and small businesses are calling for Gov. Pat Quinn to create a statewide health insurance exchange in Illinois, regardless of how the U.S.

IL: Pension reform talks continue without end in sight

IL: Pension reform talks continue without end in sight

By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — It’s said that misery loves company, and Illinois has plenty of company when it comes to its public pension woes, according to a recent report. Illinois has the worst funded public pension system among the 50 states, according to a Pew Center on the States study released Monday.

IL Week in Review: Medicaid reform moves forward, action taken in Smith investigation

IL Week in Review: Medicaid reform moves forward, action taken in Smith investigation

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn signed off on cuts to the state’s Medicaid program this week, and the House investigation into state Rep.

A Humvee of a house for a Prius preacher

A Humvee of a house for a Prius preacher

CHICAGO — Michael Polsky has made himself a wealthy man by harnessing the wind and playing on American fears of global warming. The Chicago green-energy mogul is a millionaire hundreds of times over and rules an empire of hundreds of wind-turbines that generate more than electricity for Polsky.

IL: Panel assembled to decide discipline for indicted lawmaker

IL: Panel assembled to decide discipline for indicted lawmaker

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — A bipartisan panel of Illinois House lawmakers has been assembled to determine what, if any, professional discipline should be handed down for indicted colleague Rep. Derrick Smith.

IL: Senator arrested on property damage, trespassing charges

IL: Senator arrested on property damage, trespassing charges

By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Lake County Sheriff’s Office  on Tuesday arrested state Sen. Suzi Schmidt on misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and criminal trespassing.

IL: Medicaid reform skips the norm for awarding contract

IL: Medicaid reform skips the norm for awarding contract

By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — A $120 million cost-cutting measure in the recently passed Medicaid savings package skirts the normal bidding process, which was meant to find the best deal for taxpayers. Gov.

IL: Quinn signs off on Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike

IL: Quinn signs off on Medicaid cuts, cigarette tax hike

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed off on a cigarette tax hike and a series of changes to the state’s ailing Medicaid system to help Illinois save billions of dollars.

IL State Police to fork over $2.5M settlement to former inmate by June 15

IL State Police to fork over $2.5M settlement to former inmate by June 15

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — A $2.5-million settlement check from the Illinois State Police to former Death Row inmate Randy Steidl must be in hand by June 15, according to records in a civil rights lawsuit pending in federal court. Monique Bond , state police spokeswoman, could not verify whether the agency anticipates any problems getting the settlement money to Steidl by the deadline specified in federal court documents.

Husband of ex-suburban police chief indicted for misuse of state grant

Husband of ex-suburban police chief indicted for misuse of state grant

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted the husband of a former suburban Chicago police chief who already was under indictment on charges of laundering a $1.25-million state grant. Both Ronald W.

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