What's up this week: Quinn and Emanuel face off; how to fund health care

Gov. Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be the keynote panelists at a sold-out Chicago Tribune-hosted forum April 4. The event, "Chicago Forward: The State of the City and the State", will feature the pols discussing the state of education, jobs, financial difficulties, and much more, in both Illinois and Chicago. It's part of the series of TribNation events, put on by the Tribune. Audience members are also allowed to submit questions for Quinn and Emanuel. The event is in the James Simpson room, at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. Starting time is 6 p.m. Although the forum is sold out, the Tribune has a waiting list.

Also on April 4, state lawmakers will convene a public meeting in Chicago to discuss access to publicly funded health care and Medicaid. Thirty-first District state Rep. Mary Flowers, a South Side Democrat who is chairing the Health Care Availability and Accessibility meeting, said lawmakers will talk about how to respond to Gov. Pat Quinn's call for a $2.7 billion cut in state contributions to Medicaid. Flowers also said she will push to see if cuts can be made elsewhere. "I want to get that information," she said. "We are talking about peoples' lives here." During his February budget speech, Quinn asked lawmakers to address Illinois' financial woes, in part, by making cuts to Medicaid, which the state contributes $15 billion to annually. The meeting will be held at the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St., in room C-600, on the sixth floor. It starts at 10 a.m.

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