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>>Illinois Announces Medicaid Expansion
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announces an expansion to the state's Medicaid laws designed to affect thousands of low-income families. Quinn signed the legislation into law yesterday which makes nearly 350-thousand families eligible for health insurance coverage beginning the first of the year. Individuals who earn up to 16-thousand-dollars annually and families which earn 32-thousand-dollars a year will now be eligible for Medicaid. State officials estimate nearly 200-thousand people will sign-up as soon as they are eligible. The expansion is part of Washington's health care overhaul.
>>Deadly Chicago-Area Railway Report Released
(Undated) -- Federal officials say extreme heat is the likely cause behind the deadly Chicago-area train derailment. According to a study by the Federal Railroad Administration triple-digit temperatures bent a kink in the rails which caused dozens of coal cars to leave the tracks last year on
that fateful July 4th in Northbrook. A couple sitting in a car below the overpass where the derailment happened were killed in the accident.
>>IL Corn Yield On Upswing
(Undated) -- Illinois corn growers are preparing for a banner year for yield. Yields for the nation's third-largest corn grower are projected to be higher than a year ago thanks to warmer weather and increased soil moisture. Yields measured yesterday were 60-percent ahead of 2012 when drought suppressed growth to Depression-era levels.
>>Beer Distributor Files Bankruptcy
(Tilton, IL) -- A beer distributor in central Illinois is filing for bankruptcy. Earl Gaudio and Son is trying to sell the company amidst a family legal spat over the sale. In bankruptcy filings the company estimates liabilities between one- and ten-million-dollars and assets up to 50-million-dollars. The company is trying to sell to Decatur-based Skeff Distribution.
>>Tollway Releases Mobile App
(Undated) -- Illinois Tollway is introducing a new mobile application designed to help drivers manage their I-PASS accounts. Transportation officials say the app will help cut down on toll violations. Nearly 40-percent of first-time toll violators are a result not keeping I-PASS accounts up-to-date.
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