Will County Democratic Central Committee - News

18

Oct

2013

Health costs rise 3% for Chicago employers

Increase lowest in 11 years, but burden shifting to employees

Author: Editor

Health insurance costs for large employers in Chicago rose 3 percent in 2013, the lowest increase in five years, according to data released Thursday by benefits consultant Aon Hewitt.

The cost of providing coverage per employee this year in Chicago was $10,753, up from $10,434 in 2012 and $9,871 in 2011, the Lincolnshire company found in its latest analysis, which compares cost and benefit data for 516 large U.S. employers that account for $61.2 billion in annual health care spending.

Employers, however, pushed a larger percentage of the burden on to their workers, whose total health care costs jumped 9 percent in 2013, the data show.

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17

Oct

2013

Loss of son to heroin overdose inspires Heroin crusade

Author: Editor

After the Bears squeaked by the Pittsburgh Steelers on a Sunday night four years ago, Donna Roberts texted her youngest child, Billy, to see if he'd caught the game. He didn't respond, and then his friend called. Billy was at his home, and he wasn't breathing.

John Roberts, a retired Chicago police officer, scrambled to his car and was within minutes of reaching his son when a paramedic came on the line: "Sir, you've lost him."

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11

Oct

2013

Stanley: Heroin problem has legislators’ attention

Author: Editor

Drug addiction is not a problem our community can arrest or legislate our way out of.  But we have to start somewhere.

Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil said Friday that 30 people have died from heroin overdoses so far this year in Will County.

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27

Sep

2013

Governor Quinn was officially endorsed by the Democratic Party of Illinois for re-election

Author: Editor

Governor Quinn was officially endorsed by the Democratic Party of Illinois 

for re-election in 2014.

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27

Sep

2013

At a crossroads: State Transportation Director says regional planning staff used ‘simplistic and misleading analysis’ in negative review of Illiana

Author: Editor

Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider shot back at a regional planning group’s staff report challenging plans for the Illiana Tollway.

As expected, staff for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency on Planning released a detailed report Sept. 26 saying the proposed 50-mile-long road planned from Interstate 55 near Wilmington to Interstate 65 in Indiana should not be included in federal transportation funding.

Staff said the project does not fit in to the region’s long-term transportation plan and disagrees with cost estimates, as well as employment and economic development forecasts.

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