The long-time leader of a non-profit agency will soon join the Warren County Board.
Michael Lewis is the CEO of Warren Achievement. It provides services for the developmentally disabled. He will retire from that post in a year.
Board Chairman Bill Reichow said Lewis brings an ideal mix of qualities to the position.
He said, “He (Lewis) ran a very good ship over the years. That's an organization that we're very proud and happy to have here in the county. So he comes to us, I'd say, highly regarded in a lot of areas. He is certain to be an asset to our county board.”
Bushnell city employees are saying the city did not tell them how much this year's health insurance coverage would cost them.
This year's plan provides a $500 deductible. The city pays 80% of the next $7,000 is costs. Employees can pay up to $1,900 in health care. That's about $400 more than under the current plan. . Mayor Steve Russell said the city is asking employees to submit their questions-and complaints-to city hall in writing. The deadline is February 29th.
State Representative Norine Hammond says Illinois could save about half the Medicaid money the governor targeted in his budget address.
Governor Pat Quinn wants to cut $2.7 billion from Medicaid spending for next fiscal year.
Hammond said Quinn signed a bill into law about a year ago that tightened Medicaid eligibility requirements. The changes never took effect because the state needed a federal waiver first. The waiver request was denied.
In his budget address, Governor Pat Quinn, said three-quarters of Illinois' pension burden is for people who don't work for the state. It covers some of the pension costs for teachers and others who are employees of local government bodies.
State Senator John Sullivan (D-47) said the state must bring all the stakeholders to the negotiating table to find a long-term solution to funding pensions.