| Jul 25, 2012
To illustrate the early problems the state is having as it makes large-scale cuts to its Medicaid program, consider the new limit on prescription drugs.
For the most part, low-income people used to be able to get an unlimited number of prescriptions...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 10:01 PM
Glimpses of a plan to slash spending on the state’s health care program for the poor emerged Wednesday, with preliminary ideas ranging from eliminating a discount prescription program for seniors to stricter eligibility requirements that would leave...
| May 25, 2012
| 4:57 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- Hundreds of thousands of poor Illinoisans would lose health coverage, prescription drug discounts for seniors would be dropped and dental care for adults would be greatly curtailed as part of $1.6 billion in budget cuts lawmakers...
| May 31, 2012
| 3:55 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Strip clubs that sell booze or let people drink alcoholic beverages would face a new tax under a measure the Illinois House sent to the governor today.
Lawmakers approved the strip club tax 92-23, with three voting present. The money...
| Jun 3, 2012
The last few weeks showcased the Illinois General Assembly at its best and worst. Lawmakers plotted a course — and summoned the courage — to rescue Medicaid. They began the process of closing underused state institutions, passed a bill to...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 9:20 AM
Budget cuts that are often cited as a reason for failures by the state agency charged with protecting children have fallen disproportionately on front-line child abuse and neglect workers, a Tribune analysis has found.
Less than half the agency's overall...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn plans to use savings from shuttering several prisons to offset a deep budget cut aimed at the state agency charged with protecting abused and neglected children.
The $33.7 billion budget landed on the governor’s desk today, and he&...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 11:38 AM
Chicago plans to resume providing full overnight services to homeless people seeking help in the wee hours of the morning after state lawmakers restored funding for those types of programs across Illinois.
But it’s unclear how quickly that can...
| May 9, 2010
After years of frustration, authorities and advocates believed this spring represented their last and best opportunity to reform Illinois' troubled nursing homes.
Still, it took tense negotiations and an 11th-hour deal to strike a historic bill that aims...
| Feb 2, 2009
| 4:24 AM
by John McCormick and Dan Mihalopoulos White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is interested in potentially returning to Chicago someday to reclaim the congressional seat he held until a month ago, a candidate running to replace him said Sunday.......
| Mar 4, 2009
Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley is poised for a promotion to Congress after claiming the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace Rahm Emanuel, overcoming disadvantages in campaign cash and union support.
The 5th Congressional District'...
| May 14, 2009
(WGN-AM) - State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz is proposing legislation that would increase the Illinois alcohol tax by five cents a drink.
The funds generated from the new tax wouldn't go into the general revenue fund, Feigenholtz said. Instead it would be used...