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    S&P lowers Illinois credit rating, blames pensions

    by  • January 25, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Standard & Poor’s rating services has lowered Illinois’ credit rating, blaming the state’s pension problems. The New York-based agency says the rating on the state’s general obligation bonds was downgraded to A-minus from A. The agency also gave an A-minus rating to $500 million in general obligation bonds that the state plans...

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    Gubernatorial pool filling up

    by  • January 25, 2013 • News

    Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Peoria is considering a run for Illinois governor. Schock tells WMAQ-TV in Chicago that he hopes other GOP hopefuls will step aside. The 31-year-old congressman says he can’t “tell them not to run,” but other GOP candidates who have run before are wasting their time. Shock joins a growing...

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    Missouri fights Medicaid fraud

    by  • January 25, 2013 • News

    According to the Associated Press, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says his Medicaid fraud unit collected more than $50 million last year. Koster said the unit took action against 49 Medicaid health care providers in 2012, including 21 criminal cases and 29 civil cases. One provider was subject to both civil and criminal cases....

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    False tax returns land four in court

    by  • January 25, 2013 • News

    As people are preparing to file their taxes, four cases in federal court this week emphasize the importance of honesty and accuracy. Four individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with making and subscribing false federal income tax returns, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois,...

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    State expands immunization schedule

    by  • January 25, 2013 • News

    Beginning next school year there will also be new immunization requirements for Illinois students in middle schools and high school. For the 2013 – 2014 school year, the Illinois state board of education requires all sixth through twelfth grade students to receive a Tdap booster shot, if they haven’t gotten one already. The immunization...

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    Report says teachers need better prep

    by  • January 25, 2013 • News

    A new report says Illinois has room to improve when it comes to preparing its school teachers. The National Council on Teacher Quality gives Illinois a grade of “D” in its study into how states prepare teachers to do their jobs. The think-tank found that all states need to raise their admission standards for...

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