Rockford Mayor: Illinois cities should be able to file for bankruptcy

SPRINGFIELD – Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey said Wednesday that Illinois towns and cities would be in a better position to face their public safety pension obligations if they had the ability to file for bankruptcy. The statement came during a downstate and suburban mayors’ news conference held in Illinois’ state capitol. “If the state doesn’t give authorization […]

Medicaid for the rich?

By Jackson Adams Illinois News Network Millionaires can now safely enroll in Medicaid, thanks to an interpretation of Obamacare recently confirmed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Since the expansion of Illinois’ Medicaid program under Obamacare, anyone whose taxable income is low enough automatically qualifies for the program, regardless of his or […]

Most Illinois lawmakers given only one day to read pension bill

Most state House and Senate members in Illinois were given only one day to read through a 327 page pension bill before it was called for a vote on Tuesday. “The members of the conference committee had several days to read the bill,” said state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, “Lawmakers could have had it any time Sunday […]

Illinois Department of Insurance does an Obamacare about-face

The Illinois Department of Insurance, or DOI, today reversed its position on whether it would allow pre-Obamacare insurance plans to renew in 2014. The DOI confirmed in a press release that it will “follow President Obama’s November 14 recommendation and allow insurance companies to renew a number of health plans in the individual and small […]

Republicans on the path to growth?

The state fair’s Republican Day breakfast, a much smaller affair, featured speeches by all four of the GOP primary contenders for governor. Businessman Bruce Rauner started the speeches. “I’m dedicated to two things over the next 18 months. No. 1 is to help you [party members] rebuild our Republican Party,” he said. “We have to […]

Bill Daley takes on Quinn’s record at Democratic Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association breakfast

The Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association breakfast speeches featured Gov. Pat Quinn and his primary challenger, former White House Chief of Staff, Bill Daley. Daley used the opportunity to lay out his case for change. “We can’t win on a record that has heaped burdens on the middle class and those struggling to get there,” […]

Waste, fraud and abuse in Medicaid

Fifteen people from Southern Illinois faced charges in federal court this month for committing Medicaid fraud through an Illinois home care program. Charges included creating false identities, lying about residency and claiming to provide care while detained in jail. The Home Services Program provides services to people with severe disabilities in their homes. Program participants […]