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.
Four ordinances to regulate and control large and loud parties in Macomb are one step closer to being the law.
The proposals received first reading during the City Council's meeting on February 21. They cover issues such as nuisance parties, mass gatherings, and failing to disperse. They also provide new powers to the mayor in his role as liquor commissioner.
The ordinances were written by City Attorney Kristen Petrie. They are based on research she did on ordinances in other university towns in Illinois.
Slow Internet service limits opportunities for business and education in many rural areas. Broadband Illinois is working to upgrade that service.
Spokesman Clayton Black said the first step is an online survey to provide a picture what is currently available. The group is inviting residents, business owners, non-profits and schools to take this survey. It asks detailed questions about what current Internet service is available, how it's used and how it could be improved.