• Ill. retiree health insurance lawsuit dismissed

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    A Sangamon County judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a state law that eliminates free or reduced-cost health insurance for retirees of Illinois state government jobs. Associate Circuit Judge Steve Nardulli (nar-DOO’-lee) found that the law does not violate the state Constitution protecting pension benefits because health care is not considered a pension benefit....

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    Four Ill. universities’ credit rating lowered

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    A credit-rating agency has downgraded the credit worthiness of some financial aspects of four Illinois universities. Moody’s Investors Service noted the schools’ heavy reliance on state money for operating expenses. Schools affected are Northern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University and Northeastern Illinois University. The universities were placed under review for possible...

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    Ill. businesses back health-coverage exchange plan

    by  • March 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Some Illinois business leaders say a proposed legislative measure would help them buy health insurance coverage for their employees starting in 2015. Peoria Democratic Sen. David Koehler’s (KAY’-lerz) plan would create a state-governed “insurance exchange” to allow businesses to shop for health coverage required by the national Affordable Care Act. Larry Ivory is president...

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    Armed home invasion results in two arrests

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    Two Jefferson County men are in jail, the result of a warrant executed Monday in connection with a Sunday armed home invasion and beating in rural Jefferson County. In custody are 27-year-old Dustin W. Mannen, of Waltonville, and 21-year-old Jacob D. West, of Nason. They were arrested at a Nason residence after an investigation...

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    Cullerton still supports private lottery manager

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    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says hiring a private company to operate the state’s lottery was an experiment that needs to be improved. State officials say the manager, Northstar Lottery Group, should pay a $20 million penalty for falling short of the profits it promised in fiscal year 2012. Northstar was supposed to generate...

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