Alfredo Mejia works with speech language pathologist Brandi Sidor.
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago
July 12, 2017

Crain's: Medicaid Managed Care Plans Struggling To Find Enrollees

A lot of discussion around the topic of health care is centered around the idea: How can we reduce costs while improving care? That’s the driving force behind an effort launched in Illinois to overhaul the way Medicaid operates. That’s the federal-state health insurance program for low-income residents, children, and people with disabilities.

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Hazmat crew enters the governor's office at the Illinois Statehouse Thursday.
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Amanda Vinicky/WTTW
July 07, 2017

Woman Who Triggered Lockdown Known For 'Calm'

Thurday's controversial Illinois House override vote that increased the state income tax rate was delayed by about two hours when the capitol building was put on lockdown, due to reports of a woman throwing or spilling an unknown substance near the governor’s office and other locations. Reporter Dusty Rhodes knows the woman, and spoke with a lobbyist who witnessed her detention.

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Piggy bank with Illinois state bird and flower
Mike Thomas/Illinois Public Media
June 30, 2017

Illinois Misses Deadline To Pass Budget, Consequences Hover

A $36.5 billion plan to rebuild Illinois' crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a midnight deadline — meaning Illinois will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget.

And it means entering dangerous territory: The state comptroller will be unable to cover basic services ordered by courts, road construction and Powerball ticket sales could halt, and the state's credit rating could be downgraded to "junk."

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