Illinois

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10:39 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Illinois Amtrak routes will get new bi-level cars

Illinois will acquire new rail cars for all of the in-state Amtrak routes. Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said the new cars will address the increase in ridership experienced by the service for the past five or six years.

“They're going to be bi-level cars,” Schneider said. “It allows us to transport more passengers on the same footprint, so it makes it more efficient and it gives us opportunity to expand service without having to add train sets.”

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-Illinois
1:39 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Rep. Jackson 'more serious than we thought'

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago, is in more serious condition that initially thought, according to a statement from his office.

The congressman's staff "was recently made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time," the statement says.

It says Jackson is being evaluated and treated at an in-patient medical facility, and his doctors believe he will be there for an extended period of time, with outpatient treatment after that.

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Government
6:38 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Illinois shifts attention to health care provisions

Governor Pat Quinn says the Supreme Court ruling on health care means Illinois can move forward with implementation of key provisions under the federal law. The governor says Illinois will go along with the expansion of Medicaid. Quinn also says lawmakers need to resume work on setting up an insurance exchange.

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Government
6:24 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Gov. Quinn praises high court ruling on Affordable Care Act

Governor Pat Quinn
WNIJ

 

Governor Pat Quinn hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the federal health care law, calling it “a great day for Illinois and a great day for our country.”

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Education
7:45 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Talks begin soon on cutting Illinois' regional offices of education

Illinois' association of regional school superintendents will meet next month. Part of the discussion will include how to move forward on eliminating nine regional offices of education.

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Government
7:22 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Illinois reaches temporary deal with state's largest union

Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois' largest public employees union have yet to agree on a new contract for 40, ooo state workers.  But they were able to temporarily extend the current contract, while talks continue.

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Government
1:51 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Quinn signs law to expedite professional licenses for military families

Bill Sponsor Rep. Bob Pritchard
www.ilga.gov

With First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama looking on, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Military Family Licensing Act to help qualified service members and their spouses obtain professional licenses so they can continue working in Illinois while they are here for military service. 

Senate Bill 275, sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, and State Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley, permits temporary expedited professional and educational licenses for active duty members of the military and their spouses.

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Government
6:23 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Illinois ranks high in deaths linked to lack of health insurance

Illinois ranks 6th in the nation when it comes to deaths caused to a lack of health insurance. The findings were issued by Families USA, an advocacy group. The report looked at data between 2005 and 2010. 

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Education
6:33 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Whiteside County could be affected by regional superintendent cut

Governor Pat Quinn has signed a measure that will reduce Illinois' regional offices of education. To avoid elimination, offices must serve at least 61,000 residents. Whiteside County's population is under 59,000.

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Government
6:30 am
Mon June 25, 2012

No clear timetable on state retiree health care changes

Illinois State Senator Pam Althoff, R-Crystal Lake

Retired state workers in Illinois will have to pay more for their health insurance. But it appears it won't be right away. The law signed last week aims to reduce retiree health-care costs. It ends the practice of the state covering the entire premium costs for those with at least 20 years of service.

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