• 14 indicted for unemployment benefit fraud

    by  • October 24, 2013

    The Illinois department of employment security has been awarded a $2.3 million federal grant to spend on efforts aimed at cutting waste and fraud in the unemployment insurance program. The department said Wednesday it will use the money on existing anti-fraud programs and to try out new efforts. In similar news, a federal grand...

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    Interstate work on schedule in Mt. Vernon

    by  • October 24, 2013

    The Illinois Department of Transportation announced construction on I-57/I-64 in Mount Vernon is progressing on schedule. E.T. Simonds, the contractor for this project, is constructing the final phase of the northbound and southbound lanes of i-57/i-64 on the south end of the project. This work is expected to be completed by the beginning of...

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    Ill. lawmakers reopen talks on expanded gambling

    by  • October 24, 2013

    Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield in a couple of weeks for the rest of the fall session. They’ve re-opened talks on a plan to add five casinos and allow slot machines at Chicago’s major airports. The rehashing of the gambling bill capped a shortened first week that saw little new action, at least...

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    Healthcare changes coming for state retirees

    by  • October 24, 2013

    Retired state employees will soon be getting letters outlining changes to their health care plans under new insurance providers. The changes include a move to new insurance providers and streamlined benefits, like the same co-pay for visiting in-network or out-of-network doctors. United Healthcare will provide the PPO coverage while Aetna and Humana will handle...

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    Teen driving deaths down significantly since 2007

    by  • October 23, 2013

    Teen driving deaths are down almost 60 percent in Illinois since 2007. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 58 teenagers died in car accidents in 2012, down from 144 in 2007. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White attributes that drop to the state’s stronger Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program, which took effect in...

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