Care for old people in nursing homes accounts for 21 percent of Medicaid's budget, even though they are just 9 percent of people covered by Medicaid.

Tomas Rodriguez/Getty Images/Picture Press RM

News Local/State - June 27, 2017

From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

Medicaid is the government health care program for the poor. That's the shorthand explanation. But Medicaid is so much more than that — which is why it's become the focal point of the battle in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

A legislative hearing is conducted on an anti-wage theft bill. Participating as proponents during the hearing are Don Chartier, founder of HourVoice and Clint Brown, representative from Local 881, a labor union.

Sean Tenner

News Local/State - June 27, 2017

Illinois Issues: Legislative Checklist

In response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s order for a 10-day special session, the General Assembly returned to Springfield this week to focus on crafting a budget. Three weeks ago, legislators tried to beat the end of the official spring legislative session and worked to pass measures on a wide range of issues.

Peoria Public Radio

The 21st Show - June 26, 2017

Reducing Gun Violence: Don’t Shoot Peoria & CU Fresh Start; State Budget Update

On the 21st: We continued our series on how communities across Illinois are trying to stop gun violence by looking at programs in Peoria and Champaign-Urbana that offer a fresh start to people with a history of gun violence. We also got get the latest on the ongoing "special session" to resolve the state's budget impasse.

The now-closed Urbana Landmark Hotel

Wikimedia Commons

News Local/State - June 26, 2017

Urbana Backs Away From Proposal For Landmark Hotel

The city of Urbana said Monday that it has decided not to pursue a developer’s plan to reopen the Landmark Hotel after receiving a report showing most of the financial commitment would fall to the city.

In a June 22, 2017 photo provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources shows a silver carp that was caught in the Illinois Waterway below T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam, approximately nine miles away from Lake Michigan.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources via AP

News Local/State - June 26, 2017

Live Asian Carp Discovered Near Lake Michigan

Fears that the invasive Asian carp could show up in the Great Lakes were renewed, when one of the fish was caught on June 22 near the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam in the Little Calumet River, just nine miles from Lake Michigan. 

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