Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and then-Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno in early 2017.
Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois
December 29, 2017

Voices In The News 2017

As we get ready to welcome 2018, let's take time to review another wild year in Illinois government and politics. We heard state Senators trying to craft a “grand bargain” to end the budget impasse — and 16 Republicans breaking with the governor to do just that. It was also the start of campaign season, and a time of increasing anger by and about politicians. Here now are some of the voices that made news in 2017.

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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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