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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Dec 9, 2014

Experts: Bright Spots In 'Solid' November Jobs Report, But Economy Far From Full Recovery

Despite the rosy numbers reported in last week's November jobs report, which showed U.S. employers added 321,000 positions last month and average hourly wages went up slightly, experts say the economic recovery still has a long way to go. Progress Illinois provides reaction from economists and labor experts on last month's job and employment figures.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Oct 28, 2013

Peeling Back The Layers Of Doubt In The ACA's Glitch-Filled Start

The roll out of the Affordable Care Act met another snag Sunday after Terremark, the company that hosts the federal government's data hub and HealthCare.gov site, experienced a network failure. Progress Illinois takes a look at the recent debacle and the controversy that has surrounded the health reform law's glitch-filled start.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Oct 3, 2013

Statewide Campaign Meant To Help Illinois Students Obtain Health Insurance Launches

In an effort to encourage more young people to obtain health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Illinois PIRG Education Fund kicked off a statewide campaign Thursday meant to inform students about the law as well as provide tips on finding the right coverage. 

The Illinois PIRG Education Fund, which conducts research and public education on behalf of consumers, also unveiled a new "Illinois Health Insurance 101" guide to help young people navigate the state's online health insurance marketplace, called Get Covered Illinois, which opened Tuesday along with other exchanges nationwide. The statewide insurance marketplaces are a key component of President Barack Obama's signature health care reform law.

"Many are saying that young people don't care. That we don't want access to health insurance. That we don't understand it," said Kathy Waligora with the community health non-profit Ever Thrive Illinois, which helped launch the educational campaign at an event at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). "The truth is we get it...[We] do want health insurance. We actually do understand the importance of being insured."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Oct 2, 2013

Health Care Advocates Celebrate The Launch Of Illinois' Health Insurance Marketplace

Tuesday was a big day for Illinoisans, and Americans across the country, without health coverage who were able to start comparison shopping on the new statewide health insurance exchanges, one of the key aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

Quick Hit
by Steven Ross Johnson
Tue Nov 6, 2012

Youth Vote Expected To Be Less Than In '08, But Still Trending Obama

Voter enthusiasm among young people has appeared to have gone up since summer, according to the findings of a recent analysis that showed Pres. Barack Obama with a significant advantage over Republican challenger Mitt Romney among voters under the age of 30.

In a survey of more than 1,000 individuals between ages 18 and 29, 54 percent said in mid-October they were “extremely likely” to vote, up from 44 percent when the same group was asked in July, according to The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, which conducted the study.

The number of young people that said they were either “extremely likely” or “very likely” to vote also increased, from 60 percent in July to 67 percent last month.