Trump/Ryan and Rauner Healthcare and Medicaid Proposals, Insurance Reform and Trans Issues

Last week I held hearings on how Donald Trump and Speaker Ryan’s plan to repeal and replace the ACA would affect Illinois.  President Trump is infamously known for declaring he never knew healthcare was so complicated. It is….and his legislation now being fast tracked through Congress with have enormous impact on our state and add […]

By KIANNAH SEPEDA-MILLER, Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois could face nearly $40 billion in lost federal Medicaid support over 10 years under a health care overhaul proposed last week by congressional Republicans, an health industry spokesman told lawmakers Thursday. Three state House committees heard testimony from experts on how major changes to Medicaid […]

2017 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award

     The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Mesirow Financial and The PrivateBank are pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the prestigious 6th Annual James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award which includes a $50,000 award, which is presented annually to a high-growth entrepreneur who is philanthropically active in the Chicagoland area.   Past […]

Governor Rauner’s Budget Speech

  This week the Governor presented the annual Budget Address, a constitutionally mandated event which has been repeated every year for our 198 year history.  However, this year’s speech rapidly turned into a spectacle like President Trump’s news conference yesterday. No one remembers ever seeing anything quite like it before in Illinois. There was even […]

Harris reintroduces bill easing gender-marker change

by Matt Simonette 2017-02-01 Windy City Times State Rep. Greg Harris (D), on Feb. 1, re-introduced legislation allowing transgender Illinoisans to more easily change the gender-marker on their birth certificate. While the state has allowed for changing gender-markers since the ’50s, current law requires the applicant to show proof that they have undergone gender-reassignment surgery, […]

End of Session 99th General Assembly

  In the last days of the 99th General Assembly the House passed several key pieces of legislation, including funding to our colleges, universities and MAP Grants, as well as to senior programs, children and youth programs, funding for mental health, substance abuse, violence prevention, housing and services for homeless youth, domestic violence shelters, the […]

Autism program clients face more cutbacks connected with state funding

By Dean Olsen Staff Writer Finley Schroeder of Springfield has exceeded expectations in communicating with other children and adults despite the 4-year-old girl’s diagnosis of autism, her mother says. Kristen Abbott credited an expensive treatment known as “applied behavior analysis” therapy for helping keep her daughter’s emotional and intellectual development on a relatively even keel. […]