Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to sign several bills passed by the Legislature this year, including those that will slash health care coverage and increase cigarette taxes by $1 a pack to help finance the Medicaid program.
Illinois officials are trying to figure out how to finish cutting the state’s pension costs. Lawmakers came close to an agreement last month, but it was derailed by personal conflicts, policy disputes and the deadline for ending the spring legislative session.
Illinois lawmakers have again approved a massive gambling-expansion plan. The Senate voted 30-26 yesterday in favor of a proposal that creates five new casinos, a land-based site in Chicago and four more riverboat casinos.