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Illinois Supreme Court Says No To Remap Referendum

Aug 25, 2016
Illinois State Board of Elections

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a voter referendum seeking to change the system Illinois uses to draw political boundaries is unconstitutional, meaning it can't appear on the November ballot. 

  The ruling Thursday affirms a Cook County judge's decision that the proposal doesn't meet constitutional muster.

 

 

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A Rockford center that helps people who are having a psychiatric crisis will close in 30 days, unless it comes up with funding that’s being held back by the state. 

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Aetna is leaving the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange in Illinois for 2017. That further reduces competition in the state.

Aetna's announcement late Monday leaves six companies selling plans for next year to individuals and families on the Illinois ACA marketplace. Illinois Department of Insurance spokesman Michael Batkins says two insurers remain selling plans to small businesses. 

The announcement follows UnitedHealthcare's departure from the Illinois exchange. And Chicago-based Land of Lincoln Health is folding after suffering heavy losses. 

Illinois Board of Elections officials say Auditor General Frank Mautino didn't file amended campaign disclosure reports and could face a public hearing.  

Election board Executive Director Steve Sandvoss tells The State Journal-Register Mautino didn't file the amended reports by Monday's deadline. The hearing would look into Mautino's use of campaign money while serving in the Illinois House.  

Phil Masterton / WNIJ

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger visited Rockford today to announce a new internet tool aimed at improving government transparency.

She said the website, named Open Book, allows Illinois residents to search and compare state contracts with campaign contributions.

“Going through the endless amounts of data that were available on our website, it was very difficult for me to navigate, it was overwhelming the amount of data, and I thought, we have to do something about this,” Munger said.

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