On healthcare ROI, Illinois fairs well

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD — A new study reveals Illinoisans get more bang for their healthcare buck than many other states in the country — but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily paying less, experts warn.
Data from financial information company WalletHub shows the average return-on-investment for money spent on healthcare-related costs is [...]

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Emanuel announces minimum wage proposal for Chicago, state considers similar measure

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org
CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday officially introduced to the City Council an ordinance that would increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour and the debate remains heated.
The minimum wage debate has become increasingly heated over recent days in Illinois’ biggest city and throughout the state as [...]

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More transparency will be required of Illinois charter schools

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org
CHICAGO — Illinois charter schools will be required to make their student selection process public, because of legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn this week.
Gov. Quinn Thursday approved a law that will mandate publicly funded charter schools hold a lottery when they have more students apply than the school [...]

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Walgreens leaving Illinois for Switzerland?

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD – I picked up my vacation photos at Walgreens the other day.
And I didn’t hear any French, German or Italian spoken.
How surprising.
I’ve read that the Deerfield, Ill.,-based drugstore chain is considering becoming a Swiss corporation.
I’ll admit the thought of a company that is essentially an American icon [...]

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Term limit supporters aren’t giving up hope, even after judicial snag

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

Brady Cremeens
Illinois News Network
7/23/14
The quest for term limits on lawmakers in Illinois may appear to be dead in the water, but the proponents for the effort aren’t throwing in the towel yet.
Monday, the Chicago-based First District Appellate Court agreed to an expedited appeals process in order to have the matter decided by August 22, the [...]

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Obamacare dealt blow in D.C. court, effect on Illinois questionable

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

Brady Cremeens
Illinois News Network
7/22/14
The functionality of the Affordable Care Act was dealt another blow Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
The court ruled that the Internal Revenue Service does not have the ability to circumvent the original intent of the Affordable Care Act and provide insurance subsidies or impose individual [...]

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