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[30 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

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The Illinois House Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $1.1 billion road-and-bridge package stripped up of what the GOP characterized as pork as the spring legislative session neared a hectic end with several key issues still unresolved. […]
That plan passed the House by a 97-11 vote, with four members […]

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Bucktown Mail Woes? Business Students Find Way to Keep Packages Safe

The students have come up with a plan to have residents’ packages delivered to nearby businesses.

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Damen, California Blue Line Stations to Be Closed For Weeks in Fall

The closures, which won’t overlap, are a part of a $492 million remake of the O’Hare Blue Line branch.

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[29 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Tribune reports on bloody Chicago:Five people were shot in separate incidents today in the Austin, Englewood, Chicago Lawn and the Brainerd neighborhoods, police said.The first shooting happend after a 20-year-old man was shot in the face …

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[29 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

NPR reports:

When the Affordable Care Act was unveiled, business groups railed against the provision that requires companies with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance for their full-time workers.

The Obama administration responded by pushing back the deadline for the coverage, so it hasn’t yet taken effect. Now support for this so-called employer mandate is eroding in some surprising quarters.

called “Why Not Just Eliminate the Employer Mandate?” has been published by the Urban Institute, a center-left think tank based in Washington, D.C. It lists a number of reasons why dropping the mandate might be a good idea.

Linda Blumberg, one of the authors, says first of all, requiring firms to offer health insurance could be a bad deal for lots of low-wage workers.

“A lower-income worker is going to do better, most likely — financially — by getting subsidized coverage through one of the health insurance marketplaces instead of through their employer,” she says.

Even state run radio questions the employer mandate.