Posts tagged "bribery"

Race, poverty and politics: Countdown to teachers' strike; TIF revenue falls; IL partners on insurance exchange

Illinois will partner with the federal government to offer a health insurance exchange in 2014, The State Journal-Register reported Thursday. “Logistical challenges” prevented the state from creating its own exchange, which health advocates wanted. That way, a state-appointed board of directors could determine how it works. The exchange is essentially an online marketplace where consumers... Read more »

State rep. Derrick Smith refuses to testify; lawyer likens his plight to that of Jesus, Dr. King, Mandela

State rep. Derrick Smith refuses to testify; lawyer likens his plight to that of Jesus, Dr. King, Mandela
Although he maintains his innocence, 10th District state. Rep. Derrick Smith refused to testify today before the House Special Investigative Committee considering whether to punish or expel him based on allegations he took a $7,000 bribe. After he read a brief statement, Smith’s lips were sealed throughout the day. But players on both sides of... Read more »

Politics in review: Medicaid cuts, pension tweaks, cracking down on fugitives, speed cameras

Here’s a week’s worth of political news corralled by the good folks at The Chicago Reporter: After he called for $2.7 billion in Medicaid cuts  in his February budget speech, Governor Pat Quinn finally released the details of his “save Medicaid” plan Thursday.  Cuts to the program, which provides healthcare for some 2.7 million needy... Read more »
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