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Lawmakers want to change how people get insurance company approval before medical treatment. Advocates say the current process harms patients.

Peoria Public Schools has purchased stun guns for its security officers, who have been trained and certified to use them.

Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives says her contentious campaign ad against Gov. Bruce Rauner is an "accurate representation" of policies her rival has endorsed.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin greeted about 500 central Illinois residents at a town hall meeting in Bloomington Friday with the words, "There was good news from Washington today."

Durbin was referring to the failure of the U.S. House to pass a Republican-backed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) made a stop at the Springfield Boys & Girls Club, saying its funding is under threat by President Trump’s budget proposal.

Dr. Ronald Lynch runs a family dentistry in Jacksonville. He says approximately 20 percent of his patients are state workers. Because Illinois is still running with no budget, the state has not been paying its employees’ health bills on time — and the delays are growing.


Donald Trump’s presidency has Illinois lawmakers weighing an issue not usually given as much attention in the General Assembly: abortion.

Illinois has become the 17th state to reach a settlement with a California-based human resources software startup for alleged insurance code violations.  Illinois Department of Insurance investigators found the startup Zenefits violated state law by allowing unlicensed employees to sell insurance to Illinois-based businesses.

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Illinois State Treasurer Mike Frerichs says some insurance companies are sitting on funds that belong to the beneficiaries of deceased loved ones.

And Frerichs says, the companies knowingly avoid paying them to boost their own profit margins.

The Democratic treasurer is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign a bill requiring insurance companies to check regularly to see if a policyholder has died and make an effort to find recipients. 

Changes are forthcoming to Illinois' unemployment insurance program. They’re expected to please both workers, and employers.

A new report finds Illinois has continued making health care payments for people who died, despite officials saying last year that the problem needed to be fixed.

Earlier this year as people rushed to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, thousands found an unusual alternative. They opted to join a Christian health-care sharing ministry instead.

Monday was the final day for most people to sign up for health insurance this year under the Affordable Care Act.  Two prominent Illinois Republicans say the state could face some big problems down the road because of the program.

University of Illinois trustees voted Thursday to add coverage for sex-change operations to the health insurance plan used by many students on the Urbana campus.  University officials say that coverage will cost undergraduates an extra 2 dollars each semester, starting this fall. That’s on top of an increase of $35 that the University says is related to the Affordable Care Act.  Student Stephanie Skora is president of the Campus Union for Trans Equality, and she urged trustees to support the gender confirmation surgery.

The annual Kids Count report shows fewer Illinois children are without health insurance, but the number of cases of child abuse is climbing.  The report from Voices for Illinois Children assesses a variety of areas in a child’s well-being including education, health and development and economic security.  It shows Peoria County’s child abuse rate is double the state average. Trish Fox directs the Peoria Center for Youth and Family Solutions. She says that family income is a significant factor towards child abuse:

State Farm on storm-related claims in Illinois

Nov 21, 2013

A representative with State Farm says the insurer received around 3,700 storm-related homeowners claims and 1,500 to 1,700 auto claims across Illinois.  Kelly Dale visited the Champaign county town of Gifford Thursday helping residents begin the claims process and access money for food, shelter and repairs.

Illinois requires insurance companies to cover routine mammograms.  But that doesn't necessarily include a new method of detecting breast cancer.

State program helps flood victims

Apr 26, 2013

Flood victims who need extra financial help can use a state program to secure a better interest rate. In the Disaster Recovery Linked Deposit program, Illinois deposits money when a local bank approves a flood-related loan. The individual is then charged a lower, state interest rate and the bank gets to keep its charges and fees. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says it can help individuals while they're waiting to settle insurance claims.