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Ill. lawmakers slash health care for the poor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people would see their health care cut back or even eliminated under legislation approved Thursday by Illinois lawmakers in a desperate attempt to shore up the state's crumbling budget.

The Medicaid cuts include ending a prescription drug program for senior citizens, halting two programs that

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Couples: President’s message another step in right direction for gay community

Couples: President’s message another step in right direction for gay community

Having the President of the United States approval about same-sex marriage is a breath of fresh air, said a couple who participated in a civil union when it became legal in Illinois.

Bronzeville resident Jimm E. Cobb said when he heard the news of the President Obama’s approval, he was elated and trusts the president takes gays’ interest to hea

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Speculation now switches to Fitzgerald successor

Speculation now switches to Fitzgerald successor
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald explained his resignation Thursday on the belief that new blood would be healthy for the office — turning the speculation to who might end up replacing one of the longest-serving and most highly regarded prosecutors in the country.

Among the things President Barack Obama and others involved in picking

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Third party formed to challenge indicted pol

Third party formed to challenge indicted pol

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A group of Chicago Democrats led by Secretary of State Jesse White have formulated a plan to field a third-party candidate to challenge indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith.

White spokesman Dave Druker said Monday the 10th District Unity Party will begin conducting interviews for candidates next week. The move was triggered by

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago