• Medicaid cleanup to be taken over by state

    by  • September 17, 2013

    An out-of-state vendor’s work to scrub unentitled Illinois residents from the Medicaid rolls may soon be taken over by the state. Reston, Va.-based Maximus Inc. started reviewing Medicaid cases in January under a $77 million contract with Illinois. The work resulted in the state removing more than 125,000 people from the program. A grievance...

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    Topinka “Common Sense Express” stops in Mt. Vernon

    by  • September 17, 2013

    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who has formally announced she is running for reelection, has completed her “Common Sense Express” three-day tour with stops this afternoon in Mount Vernon and Marion. She met with local leaders and supporters in each of the nine communities she stopped at for a short program. Topinka mentioned some...

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    Woman pleads guilty to benefit fraud

    by  • September 17, 2013

    A 59-year-old Murphysboro woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Marion County Court, to one count felony state benefit fraud. Lawanda J. Logan was scheduled yesterday for an October 7, jury trial. But at a pretrial hearing Tuesday she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years conditional discharge and ordered to pay nearly $3,500 in...

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    Ill. railway bridge collapses, freight cars fall into river

    by  • September 17, 2013

    A railway bridge has collapsed in east-central Illinois, sending six freight cars into the Spoon River. The Fulton County Sheriff’s office says the accident took place yesterday afternoon in Seville. No one was injured in the accident. Authorities say the train made it about halfway across the bridge when the structure collapsed. The incident...

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    Repair of Jefferson County bridge could cost $600k

    by  • September 17, 2013

    The Jefferson County Board is told that rusting and cracked piers beneath the Panzier Lane bridge is likely responsible for the September 5th bridge collapse. In special session Monday night, county highway engineer Braadon Simmons says the creek bottom was just below the fracture; it appears the rise and fall of water level may...

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