Lockers in a school hallway.

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News Local/State - August 10, 2017

New Teacher Pension Payments Passed To Districts

Thanks to a new state pension law, school districts will now have to pay new teacher pensions. But Governor Rauner's amendatory veto cut the part of SB 1 that would've recognized those pension payments as part of a school's cost of doing business.​

Gov. Bruce Rauner

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News Local/State - August 09, 2017

Governor Signs Procurement Reform Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner came to the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus Wednesday to sign a bill streamlining the procurement process for state institutions. The bill (SB 8) regulates purchases throughout state government. But the measure is one that state universities have particularly wanted to speed up the process of purchasing goods and equipment.

Dr. Kristin Stahl (far right) of Heartland Pediatrics meets with patient, Makayla (far left), who came in for a physical exam on July 26 along with her mother, Wendy Kelly, and older sister, Laney.

Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - August 09, 2017

Medicaid Bill Backlog Pushing Illinois Doctors To The Brink Of Closure

During its two-year state budget crisis, Illinois racked up more than $3 billion in debt to providers who serve the state’s most vulnerable patients - and it could be months, even years, before it’s all paid off. And some doctors in private practice are being pushed to the brink as they wait.

Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana

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News Local/State - August 08, 2017

OSF HealthCare To Take Over Presence Hospitals In Urbana, Danville

Peoria-based OSF HealthCare says it has signed a letter of intent with Chicago-based Presence Health to take over Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

Phyllis Schlafly among her supporters who opposed the ERA; in 2017 women in support of the ERA march in Springfield

Eagle Forum (L) & Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

News Local/State - August 08, 2017

Illinois Issues: ERA — Yesterday And Today

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. 
—   The proposed Equal Rights Amendment. It might sound simple. It’s not.

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