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  • Filling in the blanks

     
    To me, the most interesting part of the highly contentious meeting of the state Senate Executive Appointments Committee Thursday morning in Springfield was not the near fistfight between lawmakers, but the debate on “rough and tumble” political tactics. The sc
  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that...

    Glimpses of Illinois Medicaid cuts emerge

    Glimpses of Illinois Medicaid cuts emerge
    Glimpses of a plan to slash spending on the state’s health care program for the poor emerged Wednesday, with preliminary ideas ranging from eliminating a discount prescription program for seniors to stricter eligibility requirements that would leave...

    Quinn to Obama: Illinois moving ahead on Medicaid fraud crackdown

    Quinn to Obama: Illinois moving ahead on Medicaid fraud crackdown
    As President Barack Obama presses forward with his signature health care law, his fellow Illinois Democrats running state government have waited more than a year to win federal approval for a new plan to fight fraud in the health program for 2.7 million...

    Illinois Senate approves gay marriage

    Illinois Senate approves gay marriage
    SPRINGFIELD — The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentine’s Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois. The gay marriage measure now goes to the...