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Rockford voters will choose a new mayor April 4. Mayor Larry Morrissey decided last year he wouldn’t run for re-election, after 12 years in office.

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Rockford residents who are getting their health insurance through the Illinois exchange under the current Affordable Care Act will lose an estimated average of $3,662 in subsidies under the proposed replacement American Health Care Act.

That’s a drop of more than 42 percent.

Moreover, Rockford would be the hardest-hit by the changes – and residents in only two other Illinois cities would see their subsidies shrink.

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Former Rockford State Senator Joyce Holmberg died this week at the age of 86.

Holmberg was first elected to the State Senate in 1982 but had been very involved in the Democratic Party for decades. She was urged to run for what was dubbed “The Woman’s Seat” by Vivian Hickey, who had also served as Senator in the 34th District.  

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A Democratic State Senator from Evanston is running for governor. Daniel Biss announced live on Facebook today that he is a candidate, then took questions from viewers.

Biss has served in the Illinois legislature since 2011, first in the House and now in the Senate.

He has been an outspoken critic of Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, leading a PAC called “Leading Illinois For Tomorrow.” It paid for millions of dollars in advertising trying to link Rauner with then-candidate Donald Trump in the minds of voters.

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The Affordable Health Care Act, the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, has many on one side of the aisle in an uproar.

Congressional Democrats Bill Foster (IL-11) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) have voiced strong opposition to the newly proposed bill. Foster worries that the new plan proposed by Republicans will negatively affect the elderly, rapidly bankrupt Medicare, and give tax cuts to the wealthy.  

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