SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Legislature's watershed vote to approve a $160 billion pension reform plan offered some surprises this week. Far fewer GOP lawmakers than expected supported the plan despite pension reform being a party priority for years. Many said it didn't cut enough costs. They also faced pressure from campaign donors, and concerns about giving Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn a re-election boost.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Federal health officials have begun quietly urging counselors around the country to stop using paper applications to enroll people in insurance under the health overhaul because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time. Interviews with enrollment counselors, insurance brokers and a government official who works with navigators in Illinois reveal the latest change in direction by the Obama administration. The administration had been encouraging paper applications because of all the problems with the federal website.
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) - A 13-year-old girl has been charged with reckless homicide in a deadly crash in suburban Chicago in which she's accused of taking a car full of children on a joyride. A 12-year-old passenger died in the Nov. 27 crash in Olympia Fields.
CHICAGO (AP) - An attorney with a prominent Chicago law firm and his nephew have been charged with sexually assaulting a man. Suspect Stanley Stallworth is a partner with the Sidley Austin firm.
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