Bill to rein in state health care costs killed in the Senate

By Mailee Smith
Senate Democrats killed a chance this week to rein in government spending, instead siding with government unions that prioritize their own power over the fiscal health of the state. Illinois taxpayers pay nearly $15,000 per state worker in health care costs alone under the most recent contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bill Brady, collective bargaining, health care, state worker pay

General Assembly passes SB 19, which would hinder care for IDOC inmates and saddle taxpayers with unnecessary costs

By Mailee Smith
Senate Bill 19 could prevent the state from providing the best, most cost-effective medical services for inmates in the Illinois Department of Corrections, and it forces the state to pay for employees that may not be necessary.

TAGS: health care, IDOC: Illinois Department of Corrections, INA: Illinois Nurses Association, labor, prison, prison population