Illinois’ decision to provide Medicare-eigible state retirees with private insurance, called a Medicare Advantage
policy, has come under fire from union representatives who say they want
the opportunity to choose federal coverage.
Illinois higher education officials and House Speaker Michael Madigan have reached an agreement that says the state's public colleges and universities will begin to pick up their employees' pension tab.
Following Illinois’ decision to no longer provide Medicare
supplemental coverage for the largest state employee union, state officials say they are looking to address concerns that a replacement policy could potentially limit Medicare-eligible individuals’ access to doctors.
The Illinois Retired Teachers Association said the latest pension plan from Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is unconstitutional. The association warned that it would sue if the bill becomes law.
The Illinois Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear a direct appeal of a Sangamon County judge's ruling, which said retirees' state-subsidized health insurance is not a
constitutionally-protected pension benefit.
Gov. Pat Quinn's budget proposal lays the groundwork for the hiring of 75 more auditors at
the Illinois Department of Revenue who will work to collect lost taxes
from people who have shortchanged the state tax system.