NPR Story
5:41 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Election-Year Fight Over What's Next In Probe Of Quinn's NRI

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 6:02 pm

After a day-long meeting Wednesday, a legislative commission will meet again Thursday morning in Chicago. They're set to begin with a call to the U.S. Attorney's office. Democrats and Republicans are at a standstill over what to do next in their probe of Gov. Pat Quinn's controversial anti-violence program.

Read more
11:40 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Prophetstown Historical Society Still Rebuilding One Year After Fire

Volunteers organize photos soon after fire destroyed portions of the downtown (taken August 2013)
Credit Chelsey Fulbright / WNIJ

Two young brothers have pleaded guilty to starting the fire which destroyed a large portion of downtown Prophetstown last summer. Rebuilding is still underway for several displaced occupants, including the Prophetstown Historical Society.

Read more
NPR Story
8:23 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Quinn Signs Law Designed To Add Accountability To Grants

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 7:16 am

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation overhauling the state's grant oversight and accountability process.  

Quinn's office said Wednesday that he has signed the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act. The governor says it will give Illinois a comprehensive set of uniform rules for grant applications and make those who receive grants more accountable to taxpayers.

The signing comes on the same day as legislative hearings are to begin on a controversial Quinn program.

Read more
7:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Ideas Abound On How To Revamp Illinois' Criminal Justice System


State lawmakers are gathering ideas on how to handle Illinois' prison population. The Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee heard more than three hours of testimony during its first meeting this week.

Advocates and prison officials had a variety of complex answers to lawmakers’ questions. That means understanding who’s in prison, what they’re in for, how long they stay in prison, and how often they end up going back.

 Kathy Saltmarsh is a state official who studies sentencing guidelines. She testified during Tuesday's hearing.

Read more
6:35 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Lawmakers To Decide Whether To Delay Probe Of Anti-Violence Program

Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program will be in the spotlight Wednesday as a bipartisan legislative commission meets in Chicago. It's not yet clear how lawmakers will proceed, given that the federal government wants them to put a hold on their investigation of the program. How this all affects the race for governor remains to be seen.

Read more
Sales Unlikely This Year
6:59 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana Growers Could Apply For Illinois Permits Soon

Credit Caveman 92223 / Flickr

Qualifying patients are a step closer to getting medical marijuana in Illinois. 

Read more
6:58 am
Tue July 15, 2014

New Rules For Deciding Who Can't Carry Concealed Weapons

A year after Illinois legalized concealed carry, new rules are out to determine the process for deciding who can't carry a gun in public. The Illinois State Police issued the emergency rules this week.

Read more
NPR Story
4:25 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Bill Backlog Improvement Could Be Temporary

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 12:55 am

  The amount of money Illinois owes to companies and organizations that have provided goods and services for the state is at its lowest level since 2010, but that improvement could be short-lived.

At one point, Illinois had a stack of overdue bills totaling about $10 billion.

It took so long for the state to pay back its vendors that some were forced to close their doors - they couldn't pay their bills.

Read more
Consumer Complaints
5:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Illinois AG Sues Over Alleged Student Loan Debt Scams

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing two companies for allegedly scamming people with student loan debt.

Read more
Shots - Health News
11:15 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Why Are Obstetricians Top Billers For Group Therapy In Illinois?

Unusual billing for group therapy led to a crackdown on Medicaid payments in Illinois.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 11:03 am

A few years ago, Illinois' Medicaid program for the poor noticed some odd trends in its billings for group psychotherapy sessions.

Nursing home residents were being taken several times a week to off-site locations, and Medicaid was picking up the tab for both the services and the transportation.

And then there was this: The sessions were often being performed by obstetrician-gynecologists, oncologists and urologists — "people who didn't have any training really in psychiatry," Illinois Medicaid director Theresa Eagleson recalled.

Read more