• Feds approve Ill. health exchange with conditions

    by  • February 13, 2013

    (AP) — Illinois has received conditional federal approval for its plan to provide a health insurance marketplace where thousands of state residents will shop for insurance beginning Oct. 1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a conditional approval letter today to Gov. Pat Quinn with a list of six...

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    Simon calls it quits for lt. governor seat

    by  • February 13, 2013

    Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon has announced that she will not run for reelection to the office of lieutenant governor and will instead explore other opportunities to serve the people of Illinois. During a press conference earlier today, Simon said she wants to serve the people of Illinois in a role where she can have...

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    Federal housing funds available for disabled

    by  • February 13, 2013

    The transition of disabled people from institutional living into their own homes is being eased by $12 million in federal funds. The money, granted to the Illinois Housing Development Authority, will help those with physical or developmental disabilities get out of state institutions or nursing homes and live on their own. While this particular...

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    Simon calls new college plan “game-changing”

    by  • February 13, 2013

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon

    Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon has announced potential education reforms that would make college more affordable to Illinois students. Simon yesterday labeled the suggested reforms as game-changing. She says affordability is the most significant barrier for students who want to pursue degrees at public institutions. One of Simon’s proposals would allow students to simultaneously enroll...

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    Retrial underway on 2006 sexual assault case

    by  • February 13, 2013

    Jury selection is set to begin today in the retrial of a 38-year-old man previously convicted in Jefferson county court of two Class X counts predatory criminal sexual assault. Albert E. Rainey is accused of the 2006 sexual assault of a then 9-year-old girl in Mount Vernon. In 2007 he filed an open plea...

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    More arrested in drug sweep investigation

    by  • February 12, 2013

    More individuals are in the Jefferson County Jail after being taken into custody as being part of last week’s drug sweep. The Mount Vernon Police Department – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Joint Narcotics Division took several individuals into custody over the weekend after a months’ long investigation, which led to arrest warrants being issued....

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