Government

Government
4:46 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Schmack Faces High-Profile Cases

Richard Schmack

The DeKalb County State's Attorney's Office is preparing for a change in leadership.  That's after Democrat Richard Schmack defeated incumbent Republican Clay Campbell in Tuesday's election. Schmack says he wants to focus on restructuring the office, with an emphasis on training younger assistants. 

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Warming Centers
10:48 am
Wed October 31, 2012

List Of Warming Centers For Winnebago And Boone Counties

Credit City of Rockford Human Services

UPDATE: The Salvation Army on 18th Avenue is no longer a warming site and has been removed from this list.

  

The City of Rockford Human Services Department has released a list of warming centers  for the 2012-2013 winter season for Winnebago and Boone counties.

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Government
4:51 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Advocates Fight to Keep Developmental Center Open

city-data

A state board that authorizes the closure of medical facilities has been urged to reject Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close Jacksonville Developmental Center. Quinn says smaller, community-based homes are better for the institution's developmentally disabled residents. But some parents say those group homes are not up to the job -- and there aren't enough of them in the area to accommodate all the patients at Jacksonville.

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Healthcare
4:30 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Audit Finds All Kids Plan is Shrinking

State of Illinois

One of Rod Blagojevich's top legislative achievements is slowly dwindling away. An audit of the All Kids program shows there's less and less to review. Rod Blagojevich was so proud of All Kids, he mentioned it in his farewell speech before going away to prison.

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Government
5:05 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Teachers Union Calls for Ouster of Pension Head

Richard Ingram
TRS

A labor union is demanding the resignation of the head of Illinois' teacher pension system. The union doesn't like what he's been saying about the future of teachers' retirement benefits. Richard Ingram says in order to solve the long-term funding problems of the Teachers' Retirement System, the state has to consider reducing automatic cost-of-living increases for retirees.

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Government
4:21 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Quinn Yet to Unveil Grassroots Pension Plan

Governor Pat Quinn initially said a campaign dealing with public employee pensions would begin in August. Illinois owes $83 billion more in pensions than there is money available.  That debt has prompted widespread calls for cuts to state employees' and teachers' benefits.

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Prison Closings
3:38 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Judge Extends Order To Keep Two Illinois Prisons Open

Susan Stephens WNIJ

An Illinois judge is citing "safety concerns" in his order keeping Governor Pat Quinn from moving forward with plans to close two Illinois prisons.

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Government
4:17 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Clock Ticking for Health Insurance Exchanges

state of Illinois

A key Illinois lawmaker says it still appears the state will partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange.  But Democratic Representative Frank Mautino of Spring Valley says the goal is to make it a one-year partnership.  Under the nation's health-care law, states can either run their own exchange, or get assistance from Washington.  The exchanges are required to be up and running by 2014.

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Government
7:03 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Northern Illinois Republican Promises Fight Over Medicaid Expansion

State Senator Dave Syverson

It appears Democratic leaders in Springfield will seek legislative approval for a Medicaid expansion under the nation's health care law. But a northern Illinois Republican says GOP lawmakers will put up a fight.

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Government
6:30 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Illinois Official Wants Law To Crack Down On Dangerous Drivers

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

Secretary of State Jesse White says dangerous drivers in Illinois are bypassing a system meant to keep them off the roads. He says a legislative proposal would address the situation.

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