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As its website states, Reveal is for anyone interested in stories that break news and change our understanding of how the world works - examining what governments, businesses and communities are doing behind the scenes, hidden from public view.
General Electric is moving forward with plans to close its DeKalb plant. In an e-mail, a company spokeswoman says the move will happen sometime in the first quarter of next year.
Nearly 100 jobs will be affected. G-E says operating costs at the plant are too high. It gave union leaders a chance to submit a cost-cutting proposal aimed at keeping the facility open. But officials say while creative and sincere, the plan did not provide sufficient reductions.
The DeKalb plant, which opened in 1946, produces small motors.
The spring thaw is slowly taking shape in northern Illinois. For most residents, it means saying goodbye to many weeks of freezing temperatures and piles of snow. But for others, it means getting back a basic necessity.
For years in most states, Medicaid eligibility had been limited to disabled adults, seniors needing long-term care and very low-income parents with their children.
Then along came the Affordable Care Act. It was designed to grow health insurance coverage across the board. One of its tenets was to expand Medicaid coverage beyond the extremely poor and disabled to include all adults earning up to 138 percent of federal poverty levels.
But in 2012, the Supreme Court gave states the chance to opt out Medicaid expansion.
Four counties in northern Illinois are ranked among the healthiest 20 of the state's 102 counties.
That's according to a survey conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It allows you to measure health outcomes and factors in every U.S. county. It also lets you compare data from one county to another.
For example, if you wanted to know the number of primary care physicians per resident, there's an answer. By the way, the ratio for DeKalb County is 1 doctor per 2,910 residents. For Winnebago County it's 1 per 1,367 residents.
As expected, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn called today to maintain the current "temporary" state income tax rate of 5 percent to fund state programs and proposed a $500 property tax rebate for all homeowners.
Quinn's annual budget address was delayed from its scheduled February date until after the March 18 primary election in which Quinn was nominated for his second full term.
The McLean County State's Attorney's office has filed a charge of disorderly conduct against former Illinois State University President Tim Flanagan. The case stems from an early December incident involving Flanagan and the then head of grounds over a lawn aeration job at the official university residence.
State's Attorney Jason Chambers says the Class C Misdemeanor is defined as a knowing act in such an unreasonable manner as to alarm or disturb another or to provoke a breach of the peace.