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Lower kindergarten age among new Illinois laws
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Among several new laws effective in Illinois this week is a requirement that children attend kindergarten at a younger age, a shift that state officials say could mean higher costs for an already underfunded school system.Continued ...
GOP attacks Quinn after IDOT chief resigns
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Despite Gov. Pat Quinn's contention that he took swift action after learning last summer of improper patronage hiring in his Department of Transportation, the head of the agency abruptly resigned Monday, just four months before the Democrat faces voters in a re-election bid.Continued ...
Illinois pushes ahead with Medicaid managed care
CHICAGO (AP) — Facing a Jan. 1 deadline, the state's top Medicaid official announced a timetable Monday for moving hundreds of thousands of low-income patients into managed care health plans.Continued ...
Judge: No to term limits, redistricting measures
CHICAGO (AP) — Measures that would allow Illinois voters to decide on term limits for legislators and a new political redistricting process can't appear on November's ballot, a Cook County judge ruled Friday, in a decision that could be a setback for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.Continued ...
Illinois village seeks private fire department
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — One of a number of Illinois towns struggling with increasing pension costs wants to save money by shifting control of its fire department to a private company — a rare move village officials argue is the only option because they can't make any more cuts or raise taxes.Continued ...
GOP lawmaker wants governor to testify on program
CHICAGO (AP) — A vocal Republican lawmaker called Wednesday for Gov. Pat Quinn to testify before a legislative commission over a scandal-plagued anti-violence program the same day a published report showed the Quinn initiative gave money to a nonexistent program that claimed to help former inmates.Continued ...
- Lawmaker signs most subpoenas for Quinn program
- 7 called to testify on Quinn anti-violence program
- Education board chief got $48K to leave
- Report details hurdles to immigrant health signups
- Term limit, political map lawsuit unfolds in court
- Illinois election officials vote on 2 ballot items
- Lawmaker wants probe of $33M Ill. health campaign
- Chicago determined not to lose Obama library bid
- Rauner details cost-cutting ideas for Illinois
- Illinois voters could register on Election Day
- Illinois Rep. Derrick Smith convicted of bribery
- About 900 Ill. veterans requested, didn't get care
- Illinois to spend $4M for ballot measure mailers
- EPA official: Carbon rules built on methods in use
- Lower kindergarten age among new Illinois laws