Government

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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Dixon Comptroller
8:29 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Crundwell Horse Auction Nets Nearly $5-Million

Gabe Deckard of Marshall, IL makes friends at Rita Crundwell's horse auction.
Susan Stephens WNIJ
  • Rita Crundwell horse auction, extended feature.

A  two-day horse auction in Dixon has netted nearly five million dollars, according to a U.S. Marshals Service representative. More than 300 of Rita Crundwell’s horses were sold Sunday and Monday. The former Dixon comptroller is accused of stealing more than 53-million dollars from the city. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has more from Monday’s auction at Crundwell’s horse farm.

Government
6:41 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Quinn Supports Effort To Boost Illinois' Minimum Wage

WNIJ

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants to raise the state’s minimum wage. His support comes as new census figures show more Illinois residents are living in poverty.

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Government
6:10 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Panetta: U.S. Surge Troops Out Of Afghanistan

Nearly two years after President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to tamp down the escalating Taliban violence, the last of those surge troops have left the country, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday in Auckland, New Zealand.

Panetta said the "surge did accomplish it objectives of reversing the Taliban momentum on the battlefield and dramatically increase the size and capability of the Afghan national security forces."

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