• IL insurance customers to benefit from refunds

    by  • July 25, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government says more than 108,000 Illinois health insurance customers will benefit from more than $8 million in refunds because of a provision of the nation’s health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday. The law requires insurance companies to spend at least...

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    Group wants faster development of fracking rules

    by  • July 24, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — A coalition of business and labor groups wants the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to move faster in implementing hydraulic fracturing rules. The group calls itself “Growing Resources and Opportunity for the Workforce in Illinois,”  (GROW-IL). The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the coalition held a news conference Thursday to call...

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    Illinois credit rating takes another fall

    by  • July 24, 2014

    CHICAGO — Standard & Poor’s ratings services has changed its outlook on Illinois’ credit rating for the worse. The agency Wednesday revised its outlook from “developing” to “negative” on Illinois’ A-minus rating. S&p says the state’s $35.7 billion budget isn’t structurally balanced. It also cites an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that found the state...

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    Government watchdog sues IHSA for financial disclosure

    by  • July 24, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — The not-for-profit group that oversees high school sports in Illinois should be subject to state open-records law because it “performs a governmental function” and generates income “from events involving predominantly public schools,” according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Better Government Association. The government watchdog group’s case seeks to force the...

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