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A Democratic candidate in the 13th Illinois Congressional District says he wants to do more for small businesses.

Erik Jones said small businesses are feeling the pressure in central Illinois.

"Small businesses are incredibly important to our local economies. And, what we’ve seen in the last few years is that small businesses have been closing down and new businesses have not taken their place," Jones said.

Beginning next year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois will no longer offer PPO network plans at almost every OSF hospital.

 

Slideshow: Illinois Gambler 500

Oct 11, 2017
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

The story of the first Illinois Gambler 500 begins a couple weeks ago. I ran into a good friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in probably seven years. His name is Tom. Tom’s an engineer. He’s a gear-head, you might say, a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Tom told me about this road rally called the Gambler 500 or “The Gambler” for short. I immediately knew I had to tag along. What is the Gambler 500? Well, it sounds simple enough. The goal is to drive 500 miles in a car that costs $500.

flickr user / Michael Coghlan "Prison Bars" (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Advocates say the treatment of Illinois prisoners with mental illness is so bad that the prison system is in a “state of emergency.” They’re asking a federal judge to intervene.

More than a year ago, the Illinois Department of Corrections agreed that it needed to improve its treatment of prisoners with mental illness. It settled a decade-old court case, but lawyers for the prisoners say the state isn’t improving quickly enough.

State of Illinois

Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation's worst budget crisis, and $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills hadn't even been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June.

The Associated Press obtained the review, conducted by Comptroller Susana Mendoza's office. Although many of those unprocessed bills have since been paid, the office says a similar amount have replaced them.

That's in addition to $9 billion worth of checks that are at the office but being delayed because the state lacks the money to pay them.

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