Illinois Governor Pat Quinn released a five-year plan to restructure the state's Medicaid program. If approved by the federal government, it would allow the state to receive funds to update the state's health care infrastructure. According to the state's Health Care Reform website, the purpose is to demonstrate and evaluate policy approaches such as:
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, businessman Bruce Rauner, and state Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard are running for the GOP nomination. On the Democratic side, anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman is taking on incumbent Pat Quinn.
The House of Representatives has voted to extend the federal debt limit, after the Republican majority abandoned its hopes to tie other provisions to the measure. By a 221-201 vote, the House voted to extend the debt limit to March 15, 2015.
Update at 5:35 p.m. ET: Ryan Reportedly Voted 'No'
In the end, 28 Republicans joined with 193 Democrats to approve the move.
On Twitter, several congressional reporters quickly noted that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was one of many Republicans who voted against the legislation.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him are false. A former employee of Rutherford -- Ed Michalowski -- filed a federal lawsuit alleging the Republican made inappropriate, sexual advances and groped him. The suit also says Rutherford forced staff to do campaign work on state time. At a news conference Monday, Rutherford provided reporters with text messages and travel vouchers to dispute the claims made against him. Rutherford says the lawsuit’s timing is suspect, since it was filed five weeks before the March 18 primary: