Senator Durbin at the Boys & Girls Club in Springfield.
WUIS
March 24, 2017

Durbin Goes After Trump Budget in Springfield

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) made a stop at the Springfield Boys & Girls Club, saying it’s funding is under threat by President Trump’s budget proposal.

A leading Democrat in Congress, Durbin also took the opportunity to attack the Republican healthcare plan. He says given the opposition from medical providers, he doesn’t understand how a Congressman from Illinois could support it.


The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
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March 23, 2017

Hospital Tax Exemptions Still In Place, As High Court Sends Carle Case Back To Circuit Court

The long-running legal fight between the Carle Foundation and Urbana and other local governments over hospital tax exemptions will last a little longer.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an appellate court that ruled against current state law on the exemptions lacked the jurisdiction to do so. The high court sent the case back to circuit court. And for now at least, the 2012 state law defining how much charity work a hospital must provide to earn a tax exemption stays in place.


Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs speaks at the University YMCA in Champaign on Friday, March 10.
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March 21, 2017

Frerichs Seeks Clarity From President On Medical Cannabis Law

Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says he’s frustrated with the Trump Administration’s lack of transparency on medical marijuana. The Champaign Democrat says he’s written the president twice since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the drug ‘dangerous’, but didn’t further explain if he was referring to medicinal, or recreational use.


K.L. Cleeton addresses media inside Stratton Building.
WUIS
March 15, 2017

Rule to Get Rid of Home Health Care Overtime Advances

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new rules restricting overtime pay for home health aids passed a major test Tuesday. Starting August 1, caretakers will be limited to a 45-hour work-week. If people require more care, they’ll have to find an additional worker.


House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., center, standing with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, speaks during a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capit
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March 11, 2017

Congressional Healthcare Bill Response Tracker

The Republican health care bill under consideration in the House of Representatives would change health coverage for a lot of people. It would no longer require that Americans buy health insurance, for instance, and it would eliminate current subsidies, replacing them with a fixed refundable tax credit.


U.S. Senator Dick Durbin meets with Dr. Bill Gorski on March 10, 2017
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March 10, 2017

Durbin Meets With Rockford-Area Healthcare Leaders About Repeal Plan

Healthcare leaders are voicing concerns about the Republican repeal plan to the Affordable Care Act. Democrat Dick Durbin is traveling the state to meet with those who would be affected by the House changes. A panel of Rockford-area healthcare leaders met with Illinois’ senior Senator on Friday.


Gov. Bruce Rauner is joined by Republican Senators at Middletown Prairie Elementary School in Mahomet on June 1, 2016.
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March 07, 2017

Rauner: Illinois ‘Won’t Do Well’ Under House GOP Health Plan

Illinois' Republican governor says he is "very concerned'' that the state's residents might be "left in the lurch'' under the health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans. Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he is talking with his fellow GOP governors and members of Congress on ideas for changing the proposal.


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March 01, 2017

Tornadoes Hit Illinois; Travel Ban & Health Care; Title IX & Sexual Assault; State Farm

On the 21st: We checked in with areas of the state affected by Tuesday night's severe weather and discussed the impact of the Trump administration's travel ban on health care, with a focus on rural and under-served areas. We also continued our series on sexual assault on college campuses with a discussion about Title IX and got the latest on State Farm's losses pertaining to auto insurance.


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