October 21, 2016

Illinois Unemployment Down And Steady, Yet Still Lags

The latest data shows the number of unemployed Illinois residents is at its lowest since September of 2007.

But officials with Governor Bruce Rauner's administration say Illinois is still lagging when it comes to job growth.

St. Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston).
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October 20, 2016

Republican Reggie Phillips Running For 2nd Term In 110th Illinois House District

As he seeks a second term in the Illinois House, 110th District St. Representative Reggie Phillips says he hopes Republicans can gain enough seats to bring about a budget agreement that incorporates some of Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Turnaround Agenda" reforms, such as changes to workers' compensation laws. Phillips talked with Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows.

October 19, 2016

NPR Live Fact Check Of Presidential Debate

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. 

5th and Hill neighborhood residents M.D. Pelmore, Ebbie Cook, and Jerry Lewis meet with Claudia Lennhoff of Champaign County Health Care Consumers Tuesday at Pelmore's home in Champaign
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October 18, 2016

US EPA Offers Screenings For Champaign’s 5th & Hill Neighborhood

Residents living near a former manufactured gas plant in Champaign say utility company Ameren "won't lift a finger" to address concerns about toxic vapors in the neighborhood. So those in the 5th and Hill neighborhood have called upon the U.S. EPA, which is offering free inspections to those living in the area. The agency is hosting a public meeting Thursday to sign up those residents.

Gov. Bruce Rauner at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn.
October 18, 2016

Rauner Announces Council To Find Ways To Cut Red Tape For Business

Governor Bruce Rauner says his latest initiative will help grow the state’s economy and create jobs.The first term Republican visited the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn on Monday to sign an executive order to create the Illinois Competitiveness Council.

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October 18, 2016

Illinois Issues: Transportation Lockbox Could Come With Unintended Consequences

A proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would protect money set aside for transportation projects. Supporters say the change is needed because money that's supposed to be earmarked for building roads has gone to other expenses over the years. But the amendment could allow some of those practices to continue, while endangering other popular programs. 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the Republican Hindu Coalition, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Edison, N.J.
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October 17, 2016

Suburban Chicago Republican Candidates Avoid Talking About Trump

In the Glenbard South High School library, candidates running for state representative took questions for about half an hour on Sunday. They answered questions in front of about 60 of the most civically engaged voters, who had sat through more than three hours of watching local political debates in the DuPage County town of Glen Ellyn, west of Chicago. There was one theme that was consistent throughout the afternoon: Republican candidates don’t want to talk about Donald Trump.

Sangamon County Sheriff Wes Barr joins Gov. Bruce Rauner, and other officials in promoting Illinois' attempt to expand services available to Medicaid recipients.
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October 17, 2016

Minding The Mental Health Gap

Mental health centers were decimated during Illinois’ extended budget stalemate. Illinois is moving forward with plan to extend and expand behavioral health services to people who couldn't otherwise afford it, in a way that officials say will be cost-neutral to taxpayers. 

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October 15, 2016

Illinois Rates Under Obamacare To Jump 40-50%

 Illinoisans who buy insurance on the health care law's marketplace face steep price increases for next year.

That's been predicted for some time. Now it's official. The Illinois Department of Insurance published an analysis of 2017 health plans Friday based on final price increases approved by state and federal regulators.

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