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Apr

2014

Obama: 8 million have signed up for health care

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President Obama announced Thursday that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, calling the feat a success story that Democrats should "forcefully defend and be proud of" in the face of Republican election-year attacks on the law.

The enrollment figure, revised upward from the 7.5 million signups that the administration had announced earlier this month, renewed hopes at the White House that Democrats will be able to overcome the initial rocky rollout of the health law in the fall as they battle to maintain control of the Senate in the midterms this fall.

"This thing is working," Obama said at an afternoon news conference. Of the GOP, he added: "They said no one would sign up. They were wrong about that. They are wrong to try to repeal a law that is working."

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17

Apr

2014

Gov. Quinn with nearly $9 million as Rauner reloads

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Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn stashed away nearly $9 million in campaign funds during the first three months of the year, but it’s likely he’ll need every cent of it and a lot more as he defends his seat against wealthy Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

New campaign finance reports showed Rauner gave his campaign $5.3 million from January through March — more than the nearly $5 million Quinn was able to raise from a variety of donors during that time frame.

Overall, Rauner, an equity investor from Winnetka, raised nearly $9.2 million during the first quarter and spent more than $8.2 million in winning the GOP nomination last month over state Sens. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale and Bill Brady of Bloomington and Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa.

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8

Apr

2014

Voter rights amendment passes Illinois House

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House Speaker Michael Madigan's constitutional amendment to stop voter suppression has advanced in the Illinois Legislatur

The House passed the proposal 107-5 vote Tuesday. It would change the state constitution to ensure no one is denied the right to register to vote or cast a ballot based on race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or income.

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3

Apr

2014

Governor stresses plans for student aid expansion

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Adrianna Carr has dreams of working in public relations for a company like Disney, which she said wouldn’t be possible without state tuition assistance to earn her business management degree from Northern Illinois University.

Carr is one of 140,000 Illinois college students who receive a Monetary Award Program, or MAP, grant from the State of Illinois. Had she waited a couple of weeks longer to apply, she could have been one of the more than 150,000 who qualified, but were denied because funding had run out.

The state of Illinois awarded $373 million in MAP grants last year to Illinois residents attending in-state universities who demonstrate financial need, with money going to less than half of those who were eligible, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

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31

Mar

2014

Transit superagency faces hurdles

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The authors of a sweeping report calling for the reshaping of the Chicago-area mass transit system into a single superagency acknowledged Monday that their recommendations must overcome significant political obstacles to become reality.

George Ranney Jr., a co-chair of the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force that developed the report over the past seven months, said the proposals would need to be considered deeply by the General Assembly and Gov. Pat Quinn, who created the task force.

"It's an ambitious program," Ranney said of the 94-page report. "It's an election year. Guys like (House Speaker Michael) Madigan will look at it carefully. … It's not going to fly through."

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