Recent News

Medicare open enrollment begins

It’s once again time for Medicare participants to consider changes to their healthcare plans. The annual open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage and “Part D” prescription plans is now underway.

Report looks at Medicare options

In conjunction with the Medicare open enrollment period, the Kaiser Family Foundation has issued two reports analyzing key market changes in Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug programs.

Judge orders stop to Quinn patronage abuse

A federal judge has sided with a longtime anti-patronage crusader, ruling that hiring practices at the state’s Department of Transportation have been so corrupted by political influence under Governor Pat Quinn and his predecessor that a federal monitor is now needed.

Regional Superintendents: We can help

Local school districts are facing curriculum and testing changes that put teachers and students under added pressure to meet new goals; and Illinois’ regional superintendents want local school districts to know they can help them meet these new challenges at no cost to the local schools.

Weatherization Program Scandal

Another Quinn administration jobs initiative is drawing headlines for wasting taxpayer dollars and failing to provide marketable job training skills.

S&P: Illinois last in Job Creation

A new forecast of state and local government credit conditions ranks Illinois last in the region for job growth.

Hospital Association Issues Ebola Fact Sheet

Although no cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been reported in the state, the Illinois Hospital Association has compiled a fact sheet on the disease and the risks associated with it

Fire Truck Loan Program Accepting Applications

Loan applications are now being accepted for fire department and fire protection districts wishing to purchase fire and brush trucks. Thanks to bipartisan legislation approved this year (SB 2690) loans will be available for up to $350,000 – an increase of $100,000.

Hydraulic Fracturing Rules on Hold

Proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing, often known as “fracking,” have been put on hold until Nov. 6 by the bipartisan legislative committee that reviews state regulations.

Court reviews pension changes

A Sangamon County Judge set Nov. 20 for a key hearing on pension changes that were approved by lawmakers late last year, but have been put on hold while the court considers the constitutionality of the law.

NRI Emails show campaign link

Though Governor Quinn contends the troubled violence prevention program was not linked to his campaign for Governor, recently emails have surfaced that cast doubt on Quinn’s claims.

Illinois ranked 48th

Illinois ranks 48th in the nation in “Economic Outlook” according to the latest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” an annual analysis of the relative economic outlook of the states, published by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Quinn's "new NRI" program siphons millions from at-risk youth

In advance of an Oct. 8 Audit Commission hearing on Governor Pat Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, recently uncovered reports show that Governor Quinn has shuffled millions of dollars into a re-branded version of his failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) and appears to be accelerating the pace of handouts as the election nears.

Radogno, Durkin warn education funding overhaul bad deal for suburban schools, property taxpayers

Following a Sept. 26 meeting of the DuPage Legislative Education Network of DuPage County (LEND) Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) spoke out about the negative impact Senate Bill 16 will have on suburban school districts and taxpayers.

Federal grand jury seeking more information about controversial program

Allegations of corruption and scandal within Gov. Quinn’s NRI program once again made headlines this week, as it became public knowledge that a subpoena of records relating to NRI has been issued by a federal grand jury based out of Chicago.