• Details emerging on AFSCME contract

    by  • March 1, 2013

    Some details are emerging regarding the tentative agreement between the state and its largest workers union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. According to the Chicago Tribune, state retirees would no longer get free health care coverage. About 90-percent of retired state employees, university workers, judges and lawmakers now pay nothing...

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    New Monthly Wage Reports to Fight Fraud in Unemployment, Medicaid, Affordable Care Programs

    by  • March 1, 2013

    New monthly wage reports will help stop individuals from illegally collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working because officials will have the most up-to-date wage information available, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today. The new monthly reports also will help prevent fraud in the Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act programs because...

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    After three-year delay, Kirgan found guilty

    by  • March 1, 2013

    After nearly three years of delays, a 49-year-old Salem man was found guilty Friday of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a person between 13 and 18 with whom he held a position of trust and criminal sexual abuse of a person unable to give consent. Keith Ray Kirgan did receive a motion for...

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    Quinn grateful for Medicaid expansion votes

    by  • March 1, 2013

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is thanking the State Senate for approving an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Quinn says he’s grateful to Senate President John Cullerton, bill sponsor Sen. Heather Steans and everyone who voted for the bill. The Governor says that access to quality health care “is a fundamental right.”...

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    Events recall deadly leap-year tornado

    by  • March 1, 2013

    Many residents in southeastern Illinois are recalling the one year anniversary of the leap day tornado that claimed eight lives and caused millions of dollars of damage in Harrisburg and Ridgway February 29th of last year. Today in Harrisburg all flags were to be flown at half-staff and there is a scheduled moment of...

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    Jesse White awards grants to local school libraries

    by  • March 1, 2013

    Jesse White

    Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded Fiscal Year 2013 School District Library Program Grants totaling almost $1.4 million to 642 Illinois public school districts. Nearly 1.7 million students served by school library media programs will benefit from the grants. “As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our...

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