Facing a Slow Recovery, Board of Higher Ed Circles the Wagons Against Out-of-State Schools September 20, 2017 By Rae Hodge - Wary of encroaching competition from out-of-state universities, the Illinois Board of Higher Education tabled several potential partnerships during its Tuesday meeting at Western Illinois University, and turned its eye toward a potential legislative pushback on the issue for 2018.

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Education Committee Advances Community College Appointments September 19, 2017 By Claudia Morell - For the second time this year, amid uncertainty with Chicago Public Schools’ budget, the Council’s Committee on Education met to handle less contentious matters: another round of appointments to the governing board for City Colleges of Chicago.

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Democrats Line Up To Fight A Ken Dunkin Return to House Seat September 19, 2017 By Mike Fourcher - Seeking to avoid the possibility that House Speaker Mike Madigan’s sore thumb, Ken Dunkin, could run for re-election to his old seat, the Illinois Democratic Party has been quietly interviewing candidates for the House’s 5th District seat. Meetings with Democratic ward committeemen began last week, and another round of meetings will be conducted Friday, Sept. 29, say insiders. After the interviews, committeemen will endorse a single candidate, but not officially slate them.

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ACA Repeal: What Illinois Stands to Lose

The potential repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act is as much about municipal budgets and economics as it is about the individuals who rely on it for coverage. Federal Medicaid reimbursements, newly created preventive care grants, and financial incentives have been a boon for hospitals and health centers across Illinois. In this special episode of The Aldercast, we take a deeper dive into this topic to explain what the healthcare landscape was like in Illinois before the ACA, how it changed, and what it has to lose from a potential repeal.


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