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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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Mar

2014

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

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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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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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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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