(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois is taking additional steps to curb the growing opioid crisis as the State Department of Insurance is asking the federal government to approve five critical changes to its Health Care Benchmark Plan, ensuring that people who struggle with substance use disorder have access to the most affective forms of treatment. This makes Illinois the first state in the nation to address the opioid crisis through its Benchmark plan. If approved, private health care insurers in Illinois would be required to cover alternative therapies for chronic pain and much more with the changes to take effect with plan year 2020.
(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is still seeking applicants for the position of Conservation Police Officer Trainee. In fact, the Department is underway with its selection process with written exams being administered now through August 30 with the intent to hire up to 20 new officers in 2019. Interested applicants should complete a CMS100 employment application from the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS), which can be found online through this link : www.illinois.gov/sites/work/Pages/CMS100_help.aspx : applicants should review hiring details online at : www.dnr.illinois.gov/LawEnforcement/Pages/ConservationPoliceOfficerCareerOpportunities.aspx.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed three new members of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, who’ll take their positions immediately. The list includes Patricia Wilson of Du Quoin and Lisa Daniels of Lansing, both of whom are former corrections employees, and Joseph Ruggiero of Wheaton, a former first assistant to the DuPage County State’s Attorney. The 15 member board conducts parole hearings and makes clemency recommendations among other duties while earning $86,000 a year.