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  • Confusion mounts as Medicaid patients shift to managed care

    Confusion mounts as Medicaid patients shift to managed care
    When Angelica Hernandez received a letter from the state telling her to pick a Medicaid managed-care plan for her daughter, the Naperville woman chose one that included the doctor's office where she had always taken the 10-year-old girl. After selecting...
  • Gov. Rauner wants Illinois to have right-to-work zones, which unions decry

    Gov. Rauner wants Illinois to have right-to-work zones, which unions decry
    As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sets his sights on limiting the influence of unions in Illinois, he's pushing an idea he's dubbed "empowerment zones" — areas across the state where voters could decide if workers in their communities should be forced...
  • Notes and notables

    Seen and unseen When government makes decisions, large and small, it should be done in front of the public. That's a simple, straightforward and reasonable expectation — but one that we see violated time and again throughout Hampton Roads, to our...
  • Rep. Aaron Schock's bad week could have long-term repercussions

     Rep. Aaron Schock's bad week could have long-term repercussions
    U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's flamboyance caught up with him this week, when the "Downton Abbey" makeover of his congressional digs metastasized into a case study for disastrous political communications. The new decor triggered an ethics complaint against the...
  • Illinois lawmaker wants to cut tax on diapers, baby wipes

    Illinois lawmaker wants to cut tax on diapers, baby wipes
    Chrissy Eager changes 9-month-old Evelyn's diaper 12 times a day, 84 times a week. The Skokie mom said it adds up quickly, with the family spending $100 a month on diapers and baby wipes. But now she's hoping for a little help through a measure in...
  • Rauner is lookin' forward but avoidin' the big issues

    Rauner is lookin' forward but avoidin' the big issues
    I ran into my state representative Tuesday evening at a Northwest Side aldermanic forum, and he told me he was catching the 7 a.m. train to Springfield on Wednesday so he could attend Gov. Bruce Rauner's first State of the State address. I channeled...
  • Longtime Naperville resident Tom Miers pegged for council vacancy

    Longtime Naperville resident Tom Miers pegged for council vacancy
    The Naperville City Council will soon be running at full capacity again. Beginning Feb. 3, Tom Miers will sit on the council dais, filling the seat vacated when former Councilman Grant Wehrli was sworn in Jan. 14 to the Illinois House. After agreeing on...
  • Parents find 'just say no' talk tougher as pot becomes more mainstream

    Parents find 'just say no' talk tougher as pot becomes more mainstream
    With medical marijuana now legal in 23 states — including Illinois — and recreational use permissible in four, parents are finding it increasingly challenging to explain to teens why the drug is harmful. Despite the push for legalization,...
  • The Illinois Turnaround (plain text version)

    The Illinois Turnaround (plain text version)
     Gov. Bruce Rauner distributed the following 44-point plan on two pages prior to his speech Wednesday under the heading " The Illinois Turnaround." This is a text version of the original .pdf file: 1. Economic Growth and Jobs Package  Pass a phased-in...
  • Gov. Rauner suggests bankruptcy for towns to fight pension woes

     Gov. Rauner suggests bankruptcy for towns to fight pension woes
    Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to give cities, towns and counties the authority to file for bankruptcy protection, a move that could give local governments a stronger foothold when negotiating with local police and fire officials over costly pension obligations....
  • Biss, Harris pondering runs for higher office

    Biss, Harris pondering runs for higher office
    State Sen. Daniel Biss appears to be the first Democrat to actively float his name for the 2016 special election for state comptroller. The Evanston Democrat is known as a policy wonk around the statehouse, but he's also a prodigious fundraiser,...