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  • Rauner budget strikes at Illinois hospitals, nursing homes

    In proposing to cut Illinois' Medicaid program by $1.5 billion, Gov. Bruce Rauner has chosen to go toe-to-toe with three powerful business lobbies: retail pharmacies, nursing homes and hospitals.
  • Florida Democrat to head Illinois DCFS says 'no quick fix' to troubled agency

    Florida Democrat to head Illinois DCFS says 'no quick fix' to troubled agency
    The incoming director of the Department of Children and Family Services said Friday that he got one clear message during his single meeting with his new boss, Gov. Bruce Rauner: “He knows that it’s a problem agency,” said George...

    Rauner's 'turnaround budget' has cuts called 'reckless,' 'wrong priorities'

    Rauner's 'turnaround budget' has cuts called 'reckless,' 'wrong priorities'
    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday dubbed his first spending plan a “turnaround budget” for a financially shaky state, but Democrats rebuffed his proposed cuts to health care for the poor, government worker pensions, state universities,...

    Illinois Medicaid expansion could carry hefty price

    Illinois Medicaid expansion could carry hefty price
    One thing is clear with respect to Medicaid expansion in Illinois: It will cost more than anticipated. How much more is the question. State lawmakers in 2013 expanded the definition of who was eligible for the federal-state program that provides free...

    Justice Department explores taking action on violent Illinois youth centers

    Justice Department explores taking action on violent Illinois youth centers
    Illinois' troubled residential treatment centers for children and teens are drawing the attention of federal authorities after the Tribune documented hundreds of rape and assault allegations and found that state officials kept sending juvenile wards to...