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Dec

2018

Legal experts rip judge’s rationale for declaring Obamacare law invalid

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A federal judge’s ruling declaring the entire Affordable Care Act invalid came under harsh attack Saturday from legal analysts who predicted higher courts will reject the rationale as a tortured effort to rewrite not just the law but congressional history. 

The ruling in Texas came on the eve of Saturday’s deadline for Americans to sign up for coverage in the federal insurance exchange created by the ACA, more commonly called Obamacare. The judge did not issue any injunction in the case, meaning that in the short term, nothing will change in health-care services or insurance while the courts consider the issue.

The 55-page ruling late Friday from U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor found the law invalid on the basis of the political and legal history of a few key provisions. O’Connor decided that once Congress repealed the tax penalty that enforced a mandate that most Americans get health insurance, the whole law became invalid.

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Dec

2018

‘Stop,’ ‘I wasn’t there,’ ‘I don’t know anything about that’: Republicans dodge or dismiss Trump’s legal woes

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A reporter hadn’t even finished asking about President Trump and the sentencing of his former lawyer Michael Cohen when Republican Sen. James E. Risch indicated he would have none of it. 

“Oh, I don’t do interviews on any of that stuff,” Risch said when questioned about Trump’s shifting explanations on efforts to buy the silence of women who claimed sexual dalliances with him.

Well, why not? 

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Dec

2018

Will County Health Department to begin preparations for new building

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Visitors of the Will County Health Department and Community Health Center will begin to notice some changes to the properties come December.

The first changes will be fencing placed along portions of the Neal Avenue parking lot between the two buildings, according to a news release. Parking changes are scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 12, although the south end of Ring Road, which goes around to the back of the campus, will be closed just past the Community Health Center.

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Dec

2018

Report: Coal-fired power plants have contaminated groundwater across Illinois, Will County

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Several coal-fired power plants in Illinois, including some in Will County, have contaminated groundwater with unsafe levels of toxic pollutants, according to a new report. 

The Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice, Prairie Rivers Network and the Sierra Club examined the data and found that about 90 percent (22 of 24) of the state’s reporting plants have contaminated groundwater with “unsafe levels of one or more toxic pollutants.”

According to the report, the state of Illinois began developing rules to protect against pollution from coal ash ponds in 2013, but the unfinished rules were abandoned, allowing pollution to continue. The plant owners disposed of millions of tons of toxic coal ash.

 

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Nov

2018

Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns

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A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century. 

The federally mandated study was supposed to come out in December but was released by the Trump administration on Friday, at a time when many Americans are on a long holiday weekend, distracted by family and shopping.

David Easterling, director of the Technical Support Unit at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, emphasized that there was "no external interference in the report's development." He added that the climate change the Earth is experiencing is unlike any other.

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