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22

Jan

2014

Will County helps enroll 940 in Obamacare

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Will County officials helped enroll 940 residents into the new federal health insurance system known as Obamacare in recent months, officials said.

The county health department's part in helping residents go online and choose a new health care plan was made possible by two grants that funded six counselors who worked to make the enrollment process run more smoothly, according to health department spokesman Vic Reato.

The 940 residents enrolled from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 the number likely would have been higher if not for the fact that county employees were on strike for three weeks late last year, Reato said.

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20

Jan

2014

Dillard wants to cut state gas tax, borrow for road repairs

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Republican governor hopeful Kirk Dillard on Monday rolled out a plan to reduce the state gas tax and borrow money to repair roads and bridges, but the candidate was unable to offer much in the way of specifics and contradicted himself on exactly what he was proposing.

The idea, which emerged after follow-up with Dillard’s campaign staff, is to reduce the state sales tax on gasoline from 5 percent to slightly more than 2 percent and use what money is left to back borrowing of up to $1 billion.

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8

Nov

2013

Paul Vallas tapped to be Governr Quinn’s running mate

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Gov. Pat Quinn named former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas as his running mate Friday in a political stunner that mystified African-American politicians and angered union leaders who derided Vallas as the “wrong” choice for the job.

Vallas, a $1,200-a-day state consultant until last summer who ran the city’s schools from 1995 to 2001 and narrowly lost the 2002 Democratic primary for governor, was a little-known finalist on Quinn’s short list of running-mate possibilities.

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26

Oct

2013

Army Corps says aging river system needs repairs

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The wall that keeps the Des Plaines River off the streets of downtown Joliet and the Brandon Road Lock and Dam downstream need about $37 million worth of repairs, a federal official said Friday.

That’s how much maintenance is needed but has been deferred for lack of funding, Michael Cox, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, said during a congressman’s tour of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam.

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18

Oct

2013

Illiana toll road clears hurdle

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In a major victory for Gov. Pat Quinn, a key regional planning committee has approved his controversial proposal for a new $1.3 billion toll road that would serve primarily as a trucking corridor linking interstates in Illinois and Indiana.

The Illiana Corridor got the green light Thursday from the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee, which by federal law must sign off on major transportation projects.

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