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by Ellyn Fortino
11:18am
Wed Oct 2, 2013

Health Care Advocates Celebrate The Launch Of Illinois' Health Insurance Marketplace

Tuesday was a big day for Illinoisans, and Americans across the country, without health coverage who were able to start comparison shopping on the new statewide health insurance exchanges, one of the key aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
5:05pm
Tue Oct 1, 2013

After Senate Rejects Conference, House Looks To Fund Government In Piecemeal Fashion

As promised, the Senate voted to reject the House's request for conference. Now, the GOP-led House is looking to fund the government in a piecemeal fashion.

The Senate voted Tuesday along party lines in a 54-46 vote to reject the House's request for conference, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said would happen last night after the government shutdown.

As a result, the House is reportedly looking to reopen the government in a piecemeal manner by passing small continuing resolutions (C.R.) to address some of the now-shuttered programs and agencies. The House is looking to pass C.R.s that would fund the Department of Veteran's Affairs, the National Parks Service and operations for the District of Columbia.

PI Original
by Aricka Flowers
1:34am
Tue Oct 1, 2013

U.S. Government Shutdown: How Did We Get Here And What's Next?

The U.S. government has shut down. Now what? Progress Illinois takes a look at how we got here and what could happen over the next several hours and days as leaders in the House and Senate refuse to give in to the other's demands.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:32pm
Fri Sep 20, 2013

U.S. Reps. Andrews, Van Hollen Slam Republicans Over Vote To Defund ObamaCare

With the threat of a government shut down just days away, U.S. Reps. Rob Andrews (D, NJ-1) and Chris Van Hollen (D, MD-8) blasted House Republicans on Friday for voting for a short-term spending bill that also defunds ObamaCare.

“There’s not a soul who thinks that the bill that passed today has any chance of becoming law,” Andrews said on a conference call with reporters. “Not Ted Cruz. Not John Boehner. Not Eric Cantor. No one. Every understands this was just an exercise in futility.”

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