Stack of coins.
October 31, 2017

Illinois Issues: Is The State Budget Balanced?

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently criticized the Democrats for passing a spending plan that is more than a billion dollars out of balance, according to analysis from his budget office. That same report noted that if one-time revenues are included, the state could see a surplus at the end of the year.

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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.
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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