Illinois

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Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs is spearheading a new 13-state program that encourages disabled people to invest money without jeopardizing federal disability benefits.

  

Frerichs announced the National Achieving for a Better Life Experience Alliance on Monday following two years of negotiations with participating states.

The program allows people with disabilities or blindness and their families to make tax-free investments and put proceeds toward disability-related expenses.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill allowing overtime pay for home-care workers.

The bill passed by the Legislature was in response to a ruling by the U.S. Department of Labor requiring payment of time-and-a-half for each hour worked over 40 hours.

In his veto message Friday, Rauner said the Illinois Department of Human Services has attempted to reasonably address the overtime being worked by individual providers.

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Top leaders in the Illinois Senate continue to negotiate on a "grand bargain" to end the state's budget standoff.

They left the Capitol on an 11-day break Thursday without voting on the proposals.

Senate President John Cullerton, a Democrat, is negotiating with his Republican counterpart.

He told his colleagues: When the session resumes next month, come back ready to vote.

"The problems we face are not going to disappear. In fact, they're going to get more difficult every day,” Cullerton said.

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The American Lung Association's national “State of Tobacco Report” gives Illinois failing grades in four areas.

Chicago Police Department

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson became ill and wavered on his feet during a news conference Friday morning.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was speaking at a podium with Johnson standing beside him when the mayor stopped suddenly and turned to the police superintendent saying, "Are you OK?" People then surrounded Johnson, who appeared dazed as he walked toward a chair.

Several people shouted: "Call 911."

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