Illinois governor agrees to allow Medicaid for abortions
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Illinois governor agrees to allow Medicaid for abortions

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner ended months of speculation Thursday and signed legislation allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions, a reversal of the first-term Republican’s stance on the proposal last spring. The Legislature, which is run by Democrats, approved the measure in May but delayed sending it to Rauner until … Continue reading

Illinois budget impasse spurs creative way to fund shelters
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Illinois budget impasse spurs creative way to fund shelters

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois homeless shelters struggling to get by without state aid during the budget stalemate could get a much-needed financial boost through specialty scratch-off lottery tickets. A bipartisan measure pending in the Illinois Legislature would create a new $3 scratch ticket and designate all the proceeds beyond administrative costs and prize money … Continue reading

Illinois budget tiff means more flood damage before buyouts
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Illinois budget tiff means more flood damage before buyouts

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dozens of southern Illinois families still awaiting new housing after they accepted government buyouts following the 2011 Mississippi River flood instead got socked by another round of damage amid the prolonged political fight over the state’s budget. Alexander County officials estimate that several dozen homes approved for buyouts in spring 2015 … Continue reading

Review: Country singer Eldredge shows growth on 2nd album
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Review: Country singer Eldredge shows growth on 2nd album

  Brett Eldredge, “Illinois” (Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville) Brett Eldredge’s second album, “Illinois,” is a bold gambit that works. The broad-shouldered country singer achieved three hits on his 2013 debut, “Bring You Back.” But the radio success didn’t translate to huge sales or give him media attention afforded to fellow newcomers Sam Hunt or Maddie & … Continue reading