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(ILLINOIS) 03/17 -- ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN AND THE I-R-S ARE WARNING CONSUMERS ABOUT PHONE AND TAX SCAMS THAT ARE CURRENTLY CIRCULATING. ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN SAYS THE I-R-S PHONE SCAM IS BECOMING MORE PREVALENT. THAT’S WHERE A CON ARTIST TRIES TO GET YOU TO REVEAL PRIVATE INFORMATION BY SAYING YOU OWN MONEY OR ARE DUE A REFUND FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ADDITIONALLY…THE I-R-S HAS SEEN CASES WHERE YOU’RE SENT A FAKE TAX BILL VIA EMAIL OR LETTER SAYING YOU OWE MONEY RELATED TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

(ILLINOIS) 03/17 -- THE I-M HEALTH SOY-NUT BUTTER COMPANY IS VOLUNTARILY RECALLING ITS PRODUCTS OVER CONCERNS ABOUT E-COLI INFECTION. THE COMPANY IS HEADQUARTERED IN ILLINOIS AND IT’S NUT-FREE PEANUT BUTTER SUBSTITUTE HAS BEEN LINKED TO CASES IN MULTIPLE STATES SAYS PUBLIC HEALTH SPOKESPERSON MELANEY ARNOLD.ARNOLD RECOMMENDS NOT EATING ANY VARIETY OF I-M HEALTH BRAND SOY-NUT BUTTER OR GRANOLA COATED WITH SOY-NUT BUTTER. SYMPTOMS OF E-COLI INFECTION INCLUDE SEVERE STOMACH CRAMPS, DIARRHEA AND VOMITING.

(ILLINOIS) 03/09 -- GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER SAYS HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT HOW ILLINOIS WOULD FARE UNDER THE NEW HEALTH CARE PLAN PROPOSED BY REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS. GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS THERE DEFINITELY NEEDS TO BE CHANGES TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT…BUT ISN’T SURE IF THE LATEST PROPOSAL TO REPLACE OBAMACARE IS THE RIGHT WAY TO GO. RAUNER SAYS HE IS TALKING WITH OTHER GOVERNORS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO DRAFT A RESPONSE AND RECOMMENDATIONS.

(ILLINOIS) 03/09 -- GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS URGING THE ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT STRONG STANDARDS FOR SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS. ISBE MUST SUBMIT A PLAN ON IMPLEMENTING THE “EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT” TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS THAT SHOULD INCLUDE SUPPORTING GOOD TEACHERS AND HELPING ALL KIDS SUCCEED. THE GOVERNOR ALSO WANTS TO MAKE SURE STUDENTS ARE WELL PREPARED FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS AND THAT PARENTS AND TAXPAYERS KNOW HOW WELL THEIR LOCAL SCHOOLS ARE DOING.

(ILLINOIS) 02/15 -- NEW LEGISLATION AIMS TO HELP PATIENTS FRUSTRATED WITH THEIR SHRINKING HEALTH CARE PROVIDER NETWORK. THE BILL PROVIDES A 90 DAY GRACE PERIOD TO PATIENTS WHO SUDDENLY FIND THEIR CURRENT PROVIDER IS NO LONGER COVERED IN THEIR NETWORK. SENATOR LINDA HOLMES SAYS THAT SHOULD MAKE THE NEW TRANSITION TO A DIFFERENT DOCTOR A LITTLE EASIER.THE MEASURE ALSO REQUIRES HEALTH INSURERS TO MAKE SURE THEIR WEBSITE IS UP TO DATE REGARDING WHICH PROVIDERS ARE COVERED.

(ILLINOIS) 02/15 -- A NEW STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS ILLUSTRATES THE EXTRA CALORIES YOU MAY NOT REALIZE YOU’RE CONSUMING IN YOUR DAILY COFFEE OR TEA. U OF I KINESIOLOGY PROFESSOR RUOPENG AN CONDUCTED THE STUDY AND FOUND THAT ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF COFFEE DRINKERS AND ONE THIRD OF TEA DRINKERS ADD THINGS LIKE SUGAR, CREAMERS AND OTHER FLAVORING TO THEIR CUPS. AN SAYS THAT ADDS ABOUT 40 TO 70 CALORIES PER DRINK. TIPS FOR REDUCING THOSE EXTRA CALORIES INCLUDE SKIPPING WHIPPED CREAM AND FLAVORING, AND REQUESTING THAT DRINKS BE MADE WITH FAT-FREE OR LOW-FAT MILK

(ILLINOIS) 02/09 -- ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN AND THE I-R-S ARE WARNING CONSUMERS ABOUT PHONE AND TAX SCAMS THAT ARE CURRENTLY CIRCULATING. ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN SAYS THE I-R-S PHONE SCAM IS BECOMING MORE PREVALENT. THAT’S WHERE A CON ARTIST TRIES TO GET YOU TO REVEAL PRIVATE INFORMATION BY SAYING YOU OWN MONEY OR ARE DUE A REFUND FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. ADDITIONALLY…THE I-R-S HAS SEEN CASES WHERE YOU’RE SENT A FAKE TAX BILL VIA EMAIL OR LETTER SAYING YOU OWE MONEY RELATED TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.

(ILLINOIS) 02/09 -- THE ILLINOIS SENATE STARTED VOTING ON THE SUPPOSEDLY BIPARTISAN “GRAND BARGAIN” WEDNESDAY, BUT WITHOUT REPUBLICAN SUPPORT. A FEW OF THE BILLS WERE CALLED FOR A VOTE…RECEIVING EITHER NO’S OR PRESENT VOTES FROM G-O-P LAWMAKERS. REPUBLICANS ARGUED THAT THERE SHOULDN’T BE ANY VOTES UNTIL THE ENTIRE PACKAGE IS FULLY NEGOTIATED. SENATOR DON HARMON OF OAK PARK DISAGREED. THE SENATE PASSED BILL REGARDING LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSOLIDATION AND PROCUREMENT REFORM BUT A MORE CONTROVERSIAL BILL ON PENSION REFORM FAILED.

(ILLINOIS) 02/04 -- THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND STATE POLICE ARE ASKING RESIDENTS TO BE RESPONSIBLE THIS SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. STATE TROOPERS AND MORE THAN 100 LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE BEEFING UP ENFORCEMENT THIS WEEKEND. THEY'LL BE LOOKING FOR DRIVERS WHO HAVE HAD TOO MUCH TO DRINK SAYS I-DOT SPOKESPERSON GIANNA URGO. DURING THE SUPER BOWL WEEKEND LAST YEAR…STATE POLICE MADE 200 ALCOHOL RELATED ARRESTS

(ILLINOIS) 01/25 -- HEARINGS ON A MASSIVE BUDGET AND REFORM PACKAGE ARE UNDERWAY IN THE SENATE…BUT A VOTE MAY NOT HAPPEN THIS WEEK. THE PACKAGE IS THE RESULT OF NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN SENATE DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN LEADERS. MINORITY LEADER CHRISTINE RADOGNO SAYS THERE ARE MANY MOVING PARTS AND THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR INPUT. THE BILL ADDRESS EVERYTHING FROM AN INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE AND THE STATE INCOME TAX, PENSION REFORM, WORKER’S COMPENSATION REFORM AND AN EXPANSION OF GAMBLING. A VOTE ON THE PACKAGE MAY BE DELAYED IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH INITIAL SUPPORT.

(ILLINOIS) 01/25 -- THE ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION IS STARTING TO MAKE PLANS FOR THE STATE’S 200TH BIRTHDAY. GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER WELCOMED THE LARGE GROUP TO THEIR FIRST MEETING IN SPRINGFIELD, URGING THEM TO REALLY BRAINSTORM ON HOW TO BEST CELEBRATE THE OCCASION. RAUNER SAYS THE BIRTHDAY ACTIVITIES WILL BEGIN IN DECEMBER, RECOGNIZING THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF ILLINOIS’ ADMISSION TO THE UNION.

(ILLINOIS) 01/05 -- OPENINGS ARE AVAILABLE IN “EPIC” THE STATE’S WORKFORCE INITIATIVE FOR SNAP BENEFIT RECIPIENTS. THE GOAL OF EPIC IS TO HELP THOSE ON FOOD STAMPS FIND GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT SAYS ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES SPOKESPERSON MEREDITH KRANTZ. EPIC IS A PILOT PROGRAM FUNDED THROUGH A FEDERAL GRANT AND IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN CERTAIN COUNTIES. VISIT: IL EPIC DOT COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.

(ILLINOIS) 01/05 -- THE “SERVE ILLINOIS” COMMISSION IS URGING FAMILIES TO MAKE VOLUNTEERING A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION. THOUSANDS OF COMMUNITIES ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF VOLUNTEERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR SAYS SERVE ILLINOIS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SCOTT MCFARLAND. HE SAYS EVEN HELPING OUT AN HOUR AT A TIME HERE AND THERE CAN BE A BIG HELP. TO FIND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES NEAR YOU…VISIT THE WEBSITE: SERVE DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV. GROUPS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO POST THEIR NEEDS ON THE SITE AS WELL.

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