• Medicaid expansion gets Illinois Senate panel OK

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    (AP) — An expansion of the Medicaid health care law to cover low-income adults who don’t have young children is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Executive Committee voted 9-5 Tuesday to approve changes the House made. Democrats say the legislation allows Illinois to get the most out of President Barack Obama’s federal...

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    House begins work on budget that avoids steep cuts

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    (AP) — The Illinois House has started putting together a state budget that avoids some of the steep cuts to education and human services seen in recent years. Legislators on Tuesday gave initial approval to a $6.6 billion spending plan for elementary and secondary education and an approximately $9 billion human services budget. Those...

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    FBI: Man admits selling cocaine to 2 judges

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    (AP) — An investigator says a southwestern Illinois probation worker admits using cocaine with two judges and selling them the drug. St. Clair County probation worker James Fogarty is charged in federal court in East St. Louis with cocaine distribution and possession charges. FBI Agent Joseph Murphy alleges Fogarty provided cocaine to St. Clair...

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    Thompson disappointed in “partisan rancor”

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    Former Gov. Jim Thompson says he’s watching Illinois lawmakers closely as the legislative session draws to a close this week. The state’s longest-serving governor says he’s disappointed with what he calls “the partisan rancor” in Springfield. Still, he’s hopeful and says both parties have tried to come together on several key issues this session,...

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