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State News
6:05 am
Wed March 20, 2013

As reviews continue, number covered by medicaid declines

Early results of a study of Illinois' Medicaid rolls show many recipients don't actually qualify. As part of a broad overhaul of Medicaid, the state's health care program for the poor, Illinois hired a company, Maximus, to verify recipients' eligibility. 

Illinois Public Radio's Chris Slaby Reports

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Government
8:50 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

AFSCME votes to accept state contract

By a margin of 96 to four, members of the state's largest public employees' union voted to ratify a new contract with the state.  AFSCME and Governor Pat Quinn's administration reached a deal in late February.  But in order for it to take effect, a majority of the union's more than 35,000 members had to agree to it.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says this may have been the toughest negotiations the union's ever experienced.

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Courts
8:37 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Court: retired state employees must still pay health insurance

Illinois lawmakers looking to reduce the state's costs for employee retirement benefits have scored a victory in a central Illinois court.  

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Economy
1:17 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Future uncertain for state economic development wing

Illinois' economic development wing is fighting to hold on to its existence.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports on an effort to essentially privatize the state agency:
 

 The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity would get quite the overhaul under State Senator Andy Manar's legislation.
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State News
5:53 am
Tue March 19, 2013

IL Senate trying to keep brightest high-schoolers in state

High school students going into high-demand fields could get automatic admission to the state university of their choice, under a measure introduced in the Illinois Senate.  Senator Chapin Rose, a Republican from Mahomet, says nearly 20-thousand Illinois high school graduates go out-of-state for college, a trend that needs to be stopped.

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State News
7:07 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Ambulatory services face money shortage

Providers of ambulance and other emergency services in Illinois face a shortage of money. Some patients use on Medicaid, Illinois' low-income health insurance, to pay for trips.

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State News
7:04 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Senator Durbin weighs-in on immigration reform

U-S Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says lawmakers continue to make headway on immigration reform.Durbin is part of a bipartisan group of eight Senators developing a national immigration plan. As a guest on Fox News Sunday, the number two Democrat in the Senate said the group is still working through a number of difficult issues.

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State News
7:15 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Fracking clears hurdle with tax deal

Illinois legislators say they've reached a deal on the taxes and fees companies that use hydraulic fracturing must pay the state.

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State News
7:07 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Dwight prison to shut down

In about two weeks, Illinois’ only maximum-security female correctional center will close its doors. 

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State News
6:57 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Two measures find success to overhaul state pension systems

A pair of pension measures met success in the Illinois House yesterday ... a day after a Senate panel approved two other proposals. Supporters of overhauling the state's underfunded pension systems see it as a sign it could happen this spring.  

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