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.