CHICAGO (AP) - New federal figures show about 114,000 Illinois residents signed up for coverage during the first five months of the nation's health insurance marketplace system. One third of those who signed up are ages 55 to 64. The open enrollment period ends March 31st.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The five-year-old admissions scandal at the University of Illinois is surfacing in the Republican contest for governor. The names of three of the four candidates -- state Treasurer Dan Rutherford, state Senator Kirk Dillard and state Senator Bill Brady -- appear on a list of lawmakers who called U of I to check on applications. Brady says his staff made the calls but he never did personally.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Freedom PAC says it is halting television ads targeting Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur). A spokesman for the union-backed group says the decision "has nothing to do with" Rauner being ahead in the polls a week before the primary. The spokesman says it's time for the other campaigns to make their final case.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Organizers have broken ground for a September 11th memorial on city-owned property in Belleville. They've raised $80,000 for the memorial. It will include a 7,100-pound steel column from the World Trade Center.
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