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Illinois Legislators Attempt to Maintain Environment

Jun 9, 2017

Illinois lawmakers are announcing legislation to maintain the state’s environmental standards amid concerns that the federal government may dial them back.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had harsh words today in Springfield for Republican proposals in Congress to repeal Obamacare and give states more responsibility in running Medicaid.  President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have both said they’re in favor of so-called block grants. 

A proposed settlement has been announced in a 2012 pollution lawsuit brought by the federal government, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan against U.S. Steel Corporation.  The Department of Justice says, as part of a settlement, U.S. Steel would reduce pollution at three iron and steel plants in the Midwest: in Gary, Indiana; Ecorse, Michigan; and Granite City, Illinois.

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A federal appeals court in Chicago is deciding whether the State of Indiana has the right to ban refugees from Syria.  Days after terrorists struck Paris, France last November, Indiana Governor Mike Pence placed a ban on Syrian refugees from being resettled in the state.

Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid

Jul 23, 2013

Even as Congress looks to further roll back President Barack Obama's signature health care program, his home state is officially implementing a key part of it. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more on a new Illinois law expanding Medicaid.

For the first time, low-income adults without children will be eligible for Medicaid. Specifically, adults within 138-percent of the poverty level, so someone making just under $16,000.