Highlights of Blagojevich health care plan
Facts about the "Illinois Covered" health care proposal from Gov. Rod Blagojevich:
People below the federal poverty level who have no children could get care through community health centers.
People making up to three times the poverty level but who cannot get insurance through their job could sign up for low-cost coverage mandated by the state.
People who can't afford the insurance offered through their jobs would get state assistance paying their premiums.
The state would expand eligibility for existing programs that serve some parents and disabled people who are returning to work.
When fully implemented, Illinois Covered would cost the state about $1.2 billion a year.
A study by an Emory University professor found that Illinois residents and businesses would save roughly $2 for every $1 spent on the plan.
Blagojevich proposes paying for the program with a new tax on companies that spend little on health insurance.
Blagojevich says approximately 1.4 million Illinoisans lack health care.
A recent Northern Illinois University found that 17% of Illinoisans consider health care their top issue, compared to 30% for education.
The survey found that 64% support more state funding for medical care.
Madigan withdraws as attorney for governor
SPRINGFIELD - Attorney General Lisa Madigan withdrew on Friday as lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich in a fight over whether the governor must release federal subpoenas to the public.
Madigan doesn't want to delay the case by continuing a dispute over whether she will represent Blagojevich or whether he can choose his own lawyer, a spokeswoman said.
"We want the actions to be resolved expeditiously and the second issue of who's going to represent the governor, if it's set aside, the courts can decide the more important matter," spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said.
Governor signs final FutureGen package
NEW: FARMERSVILLE -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich Monday finalized a package of incentives and legal protections aimed at helping Illinois land FutureGen, a prototypical coal power plant billed as a top new technology for getting energy without polluting.
If the state is successful, FutureGen could be located in either Mattoon or Tuscola. Despite that, Blagojevich signed the measure at a Freeman Energy coal mine near Farmersville, about a half-hour south of Springfield.
The FutureGen incentive package had stalled for months, but found the necessary momentum to gain approval just recently. The incentives and legal protections join with what the local communities have offered to lure the plant.