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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    The partial government shutdown moves into day three
    Budget--Federal (9) , Congress (22)
    The federal government’s partial shutdown has made it to a weekday. http://wtax.com/podcasts/the-partial-government-shutdown-moves-into-day-three/ ...   read more >
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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Is a Medicaid work requirement fair?
    Medicaid, Managed Care

    Earlier this month, Kentucky made Medicaid history: It will now require some of its Medicaid recipients to work or risk losing benefits.

     

    Critics say this 20-hours-per-week rule is a draconian plan to toss people off the rolls. Let’s talk about that. Kentucky’s plan is flexible: Recipients could meet the requirement through volunteer work, job training, searchi...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    What Metra's proposed fare restructuring could mean for you
    Metra (79)

    After months of studying how to redo its decades-old fare system, Metra has produced a smorgasbord of ideas that range from a one-day pass to consolidating its outermost zones to discounting travel at less busy times.

     

    An update of the fare system that dates back 50 years will increase efficiency...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    LLC president: Community college an affordable alternative
    Education--Higher (37)

    Over the past decade a crisis has been brewing that has the potential to profoundly impact the very foundation of higher education. The crisis surrounds the precipitous rise of student loan debt. Over the past decade student loan debt in the United States has grown by 150 percent, topping out at $1.4 trillion. As Forbes magazine notes, "student loan debt is now the second highest cons...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Our View: Checking the long arm of the law as it reaches into your pocket
    Courts (27) , Police (28)

    We're glad to see changes on the horizon for the state's “civil asset forfeiture” law, as reported in a story on Saturday by Effingham Daily News reporter Graham Milldrum.

    But we're unsure that those changes go far enough to prevent the abuses that local officials told Milldrum could happen elsewhere. (Not here, of course, they said. And we have no reason to doubt th...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    U of I focuses on facilities
    Education--Higher (37)

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Although the University of Illinois has invested more than $1.2 billion in classrooms, residence halls and athletic venues since 2013, the school will put a renewed focus on facilities across its three campuses.

    University officials say it's time fo...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Bill would give rural Illinois schools high-speed internet
    Internet, Social Media (98) Manar, Andy--State Senate, 48 , McCann, Sam--State Senate, 50

    SPRINGFIELD – A proposed bill would give more than 90,000 students across 100 districts in rural Illinois access to high-speed internet.

    Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, and Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood are sponsoring the legislation, the State Journal-Register reported.

    Manar says the measure would be a o...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Madigan says opposing Rauner will pay off for Dems
    Labor (55) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    OTTAWA — If to be early is to be on time, Mike Madigan was prompt for Saturday’s Illinois Valley Federation of Labor third annual Biennial Labor Summit held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ottawa.

    The state Speaker of the House and keynote speaker at the summit took to the dais about an hour earlier than scheduled. This caused an intermission in a presentation by ...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Will Illinois Valley be affected by government shutdown?
    Budget--Federal (9) , Congress (22)

    The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said negotiations kept going late into the night, with a vote to break a...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Madigan greeted warmly at Ottawa labor summit
    Labor (55) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22

    Shortly after Gov. Bruce Rauner took office in 2015, he met with House Speaker Michael Madigan about cutting a budget deal.

    Madigan s...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Illinois taxpayers deserve to know how their money's spent

    Don't ask too many questions, Illinois taxpayers. It's only your money.

     

    Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration went out of its way to provide cover for several firms contracted to manage a briskly enacted privatization of Illinois' massive Medicaid program.

     

    Late last month, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services redacted reimbursement ra...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Illinois education: In this test run, the tests don’t have any F’s A handful of high schools try competency-based learning
    Education reform (38)

    Several high schools across Illinois are testing an approach that allows students to learn at their own pace, a concept introduced decades ago at the University of Chicago in which there are no F grades and students choose how to approach mastering a subject.

     

    Ten school districts statewide are implementing the sometimes controversial competency-based learning program, the...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Lincoln Home closed due to federal government shutdown
    Budget--Federal (9) , Historic Preservation, historic sites (50)

    The Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield was closed Saturday morning amid the federal government’s shutdown that began at midnight.

    “Due to the federal government budgetary shutdown, the park is currently closed,” said a recorded message on the Lincoln Home’s phone line. “The park will reopen at its regularly scheduled business hours o...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    New report shows state agencies holding nearly $2.5 billion in bills
    Budget--State (8)

    State agencies were holding nearly $2.5 billion in bills at the end of last year, pushing the state’s bill backlog to more than $9.2 billion.

     

    The numbers are part of the first report issued by Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s office under a new state law that requires state agencies to report on bills they are holding that have not been submitted for payment.

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    New session will bring new efforts at pension reform
    Legislature (56) , Pensions (70)

    Illinois lawmakers are gearing up to start another spring session that will include more attempts to address an issue that has remained stubbornly elusive so far.

    What can the state do to rein in the cost of public employee pensions and try to address the $129 billion debt faced by the five state-funded pension systems?

    A number of ideas are floating around the General As...   read more >

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    Women’s rally, march draws crowd at Capitol
    Comptroller (21)

    Cindy McCormick and her daughter drove to Springfield from the Alton area Saturday so they could join hundreds of other people at the “Women’s March to the Polls” rally.

    The event, which was held at the Abraham Lincoln statue outside the Statehouse at Second Street and Capitol Avenue, marked the one-year anniversary of the iconic women’s march that occurr...   read more >

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