County sounds alarm — again — after Texas ruling on Affordable Care Act December 19, 2018 By A.D. Quig - The decision by a Texas federal judge to rule the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional could cost Cook County between $300 million and $800 million in annual federal subsidies annually and upend the health system’s service model, which now focuses on

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Trail notes — Preckwinkle donates cash from Burke to charity; Quigley endorses Pawar in treasurer’s race; Sierra Club releases platform December 19, 2018 By Heather Cherone - Mayoral candidates Toni Preckwinkle and Susana Mendoza each dumped the cash given to them by Ald. Ed Burke, who is under investigation by the FBI. Mendoza laid out a plan for Chicago’s underutilized schools — and the Sierra Club asked candidates to pay attention to

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Illinois’ journey to its second-ever full-time legislative inspector general December 19, 2018 By Hannah Meisel - Illinois is set to have a full-time Legislative Inspector General for the first time in five years.

Democratic Party of Illinois’ Christian Mitchell talks Pritzker’s big money, Madigan, and statewide outreach

Illinois Democrats say they are confident they will ride a “Blue Wave” to victory Nov. 6th, and recent poll numbers have bolstered that confidence — Democrat JB Pritzker is currently leading Gov. Bruce Rauner by a full 20 points, and Pritzker’s money has bolstered races up and down the ballot. State Rep. Christian Mitchell, a Hyde Park Democrat and interim Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Illinois, sheds light on the future of the party, House Speaker Mike Madigan, and money in politics. 

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