(SPRINGFIELD) A state audit released this week has found that Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget office failed to collect $2.4 million in federal rebates owed to Illinois for payments the state makes on bond debt. Auditor General Frank Mautino said he found no evidence the office tried to collect the money while five additional receipts showed Illinois left another $183,000 combined on the table. The Springfield office is responsible for preparing the Governor’s annual state budget and in charge of tracking revenue and spending. In response, the budget office agreed with the findings and says it has now improved its procedures.
(CHICAGO) Chicago officials have filed a federal lawsuit against three distributors of opioids, citing “unlawful and unfettered” distribution of the drugs in the city. The lawsuit follows litigation that the city filed back in 2014 against opioid manufacturers, noting that the companies failed to reject and/or report suspicious orders and placed profits over public health. Meanwhile, a yearlong study offers convincing evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain. In patients with stubborn hip or knee arthritis or backaches, opioids worked no better than over-the-counter drugs or other non-opioids at reducing problems with walking or sleeping. The study was in this past Tuesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.
(SPRINGFIELD) Everyone’s reminded that daylight saving time begins in 2018 early this coming Sunday morning, at 2:00. Therefore, don’t forget to set those clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night. And yes, while we lose an hour of sleep, we will however gain an hour of sunlight at the end of the day. In fact, daylight saving time is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. The plan was first enacted by the federal government as way to save coal during World War II in the spring of 1918 and was originally only meant to exist during wartime. While the practice was technically ended later that same year, many regions of the country continued to follow it until eventually the government put the measure back in place in 1966. So don’t forget to set those clocks forward one hour before going to bed this Saturday night.