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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Illinois employers now banned from conducting background checks on interviewees

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

Brady Cremeens
Illinois News Network
7/22/14
CHICAGO – Employers in Illinois can no longer access criminal background checks on potential hires until after an interview is conducted.
Gov. Quinn signed into law this week a bill that prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job.
“Everyone deserves a [...]

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County officials now have clear authority to remove appointees

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

Brady Cremeens
Illinois News Network
7/21/14
Some Illinois county governments will soon see new measures in accountability, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Quinn Monday.
The legislation, which passed the Illinois Senate and House chambers this past spring, enabled county boards to create and adopt a code of conduct regarding the behavior of county appointees. According to a press [...]

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Illinois sees worst workforce depletion in state history

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

Brady Cremeens
Illinois News Network
7/21/14
CHICAGO-Last month the state of Illinois recorded its largest monthly workforce loss in recorded state history.
Nearly 22,000 Illinoisans left the workforce in June, a greater number than even the 17,500 who quit looking for work during 2008’s “Great Recession,” according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Illinois has seen [...]

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Illinois could learn a lot from the Lone Star State

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

Scott Reeder
Illinois News Network
7/21/14
PORT ISABEL, TEXAS — I like to eat at blue-collar diners and cafés, particularly when I’m vacation.
It’s a chance to step beyond the homogenized national chains and experience a bit of local flavor.
And being a reporter, I like to chat up local folks to find out a bit about their community.
This past [...]

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Q&A with Illinois state Rep. Christian Mitchell

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

Brady Cremeens
Illinois News Network
7/18/14
What are the biggest challenges facing the state?
“Deep and abiding fiscal challenges. The main causes are our continuing struggle with unemployment and getting people back to work. To me, the most important challenge is how we fund education. Kids in Chicago get less money to go to school than kids outside of [...]

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