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Illinois Legislature
6:42 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Illinois Senate Committee Passes Minimum Wage Bill

Illinois lawmakers are considering a plan to increase the state minimum wage and let it rise automatically in the future. A Senate Executive Committee approved the plan 9-5 yesterday, but even bill sponsor Senator Kimberly Lightford says more work is needed before it could become law. 

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4:08 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Illinois Health Insurance Exchange Possible

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn may use an executive order to establish a health insurance exchange in his state. Quinn adviser Michael Gelder looming federal deadlines leave Quinn two choices: calling a special session or issuing an executive order. Illinois Republicans say an executive order would be inappropriate, especially before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Only New York and Rhode Island have previously established exchanges by executive order.

3:59 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Quinn supports gay marriage

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’ll work with legislators to allow gay marriage in the state. Quinn helped get civil unions approved in legislature last year and now doesn’t want to wait for the courts to act first. Quinn’s push for what he calls “marriage equality” comes after President Obama endorsed civil unions last week.

7:59 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Illinois to Spend over $9 Billion on Roads in Next Six Years

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state will repair 2,300 miles of road and 500 bridges over the next six years as it uses money from a massive public-works program. The latest update to the road plan calls for spending $9.2 billion dollars by the year 2018. That includes the last dollars from Illinois Jobs Now, which has pumped money into construction projects to create jobs. The plan includes $4 million dollars for repairs to the I-24 Ohio River Bridge as well as numerous resurfacing and smaller bridge replacements throughout the southern part of the state. 

Illinois Government
7:38 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Commission to Give Opinion on Illinois Facility Closure Plan

A legislative commission is scheduled to give its opinion on Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plans to close several state facilities, including the Tamms maximum security prison in southern Illinois. But the commission's vote is advisory only and the governor can close the prisons, mental institutions and offices no matter the findings. Quinn says closing the prisons would save money, while closing other facilities would lead to improved care for people with developmental disabilities. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability is scheduled to convene this morning.

Health and Welfare
3:39 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Group Opposes Illinois Medicaid Cuts

Another advocacy group is using potential job losses to oppose Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plan to cut Medicaid. The Responsible Budget Coalitions says the state would lose almost 38,000 jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity related to health care. The coalition includes advocates for retirees, housing and other services. Quinn wants to cut Medicaid spending by about $2 billion dollars, but Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability says it won't save that much because spending less means the state gets less in federal matching funds.

K-12 Education
9:11 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Illinois Panel Says School Mergers Aren't Necessary

An Illinois state commission studying education spending says school districts can save hundreds of millions of dollars without being forced to consolidate.  The Classrooms First Commission claims districts could save up to $1 billion simply by studying each other's budgets to find new ideas for cutting costs.  The panel plans to review the tentative proposals today before a period of public comment.  Governor Pat Quinn has called for merging the state's smaller districts. But the commission says its consensus is that forced consolidation would cost the state huge amounts of money.    

7:26 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Quinn Announces Aid for Tornado Victims

Harrisburg and other southern Illinois communities affected by a deadly tornado in February are getting up to $13 million in state and Small Business Administration aid.  Governor Pat Quinn's office announced yesterday the help includes reimbursements to local governments for some of their disaster-related expenses and road improvements.

8:28 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Quinn Asks for Federal Assistance

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has asked federal emergency officials for recovery help after Wednesday’s deadly tornado struck Harrisburg. Quinn says he asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with damage assessments. Those assessments begin Monday and will provide documentation needed to support requests for federal assistance.  The assessments are expected by the end of next week.  They will include Massac, Saline and Union counties. Quinn already has issued a state disaster proclamation for southern Illinois.

Morning Cram
8:51 am
Mon February 27, 2012

the morning cram [the same thing we do every night edition]

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New research shows nerve damage can be repaired in days, not months.

NPR reports scientists have found a way to reattach severed ends of nerve cells in rats. This could mean new methods to help the more than 50,000 people a year in the U.S. who suffer nerve injuries could be available soon.

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