State officials continue preparations for the launch of video gambling in Illinois establishments. The Illinois Gaming Board says it's testing a computerized monitoring system at various locations, including Rockford and Machesney Park.
Illinois will soon be scrutinizing the list of people on Medicaid to make sure they still qualify. But the eligibility checks won't begin until next year. That's led Republicans to say the Quinn administration is moving too slowly.
The Chicago teachers strike is serving as a test for an education law approved by Illinois lawmakers last year. The statute included a provision that created additional barriers for teachers to walk off the job.
Another top Democrat in Springfield says any action on a pension overhaul will have to wait until early next year. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says a vote on a plan to overhaul the state's troubled pension systems will probably come in January.
The Illinois Tollway Authority now has state approval to consider adding rail service on its property. But supporters of the new law say it would probably take a while for any such project to materialize.
Illinois Tollway toll violators, who collectively owe more than $300 million in tolls and initial fines, will be pursued in court, beginning tomorrow.
Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said the agency has sent these violators at least five notices, called them at least four times and offered them multiple opportunities to enter a settlement agreement with the option to use a payment plan to settle the debt.