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Apr

2014

Governor stresses plans for student aid expansion

Author: Editor

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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Categories: State Issues

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31

Mar

2014

Transit superagency faces hurdles

Author: Editor

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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11

Mar

2014

Obamacare horror stories tough to come by, so here's a heartbreaker

Author: Editor

Obamacare is destroying the lives of hardworking, patriotic Americans. People on the television have assured me of that, and the supporting facts are pretty clearly laid out in the 579 emails my grandmother just forwarded to me.

But for some reason it's proving difficult to find these destroyed-life, hardworking, patriotic Americans.

It seems like every time a Republican lawmaker — or a conservative group like Americans for Prosperity — brings up a person suffering under the yoke of Obamacare, the fact-obsessed lamestream media swoop in and show that the person's situation is more nuanced and less suffering-ish.

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Feb

2014

Gov. Quinn ramping up 2014 re-election campaign

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is ramping up his re-election campaign.

Quinn’s campaign announced Saturday the Chicago Democrat has hired Illinois native Bill Hyers to serve as chief strategist.

Hyers most recently managed Bill de Blasio’s successful campaign for mayor of New York. In 2012 he managed President Barack Obama’s Pennsylvania campaign operation. He was Midwest director for Obama in 2008.

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22

Jan

2014

Will County helps enroll 940 in Obamacare

Author: Editor

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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