The U.S. Census Bureau says since the last official census in 2010, Illinois has only gained about 52-thousand residents. That puts it in the bottom 10 states when it comes to population change during that time period.
Illinois' attempts to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls are being delayed. It comes amid a legal fight between the state and its largest public employees' union over who should actually do the work.
Illinois’ dollar-per-pack cigarette tax hike took effect a year ago this month. But the the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability says it's expected to fall $130 million short of initial revenue estimates.