(CHICAGO) A coalition of state attorneys general, including Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, is urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to not add a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, saying it could lower participation among immigrants in the United States and cause a population undercount. The letter sent yesterday says that by adding the question, it “would fatally undermine the accuracy” of the 2020 count. Illinois and Iowa were the only Midwestern states that joined in on the question objection issue.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois lawmakers and the state’s hospitals have reached a tentative agreement on a new method of spreading billions of dollars in federal Medicaid money to hospitals across the state. However, some of Illinois’ 22 so-called “safety net” facilities that serve a high volume of Medicaid patients could lose money under the new program, therefore prompting concerns that hospitals may have to cut services, lay off staff, or possibly even close. Illinois distributes $3.6 billion through an assessment on hospitals matched by federal funds to cover Medicaid costs. The Illinois Health & Hospital Association supports the revision.
(BLOOMINGTON) An appellate court in Chicago says the governing body of high school sports in Illinois did not violate anti-discrimination laws by refusing to establish a division for disabled runners. The ruling recently passed down by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed the Illinois High School Association, but went against the complaint issued by a Evanston student with cerebral palsy. The ruling stated that by establishing the division would not have been a reasonable remedy even assuming that discrimination was involved, plus it stated that by doing so, the move would possibly undermine the nature of racing.