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Springfield, IL   62706
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Senate Week in Review: September 8-12, 2014

Two new economic reports serve as reminders of how far Illinois still must go to get its fiscal house in order, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

A report from the General Assembly’s bipartisan fiscal forecasting agency shows a drop in state tax revenues during the first two months of the new fiscal year, and a report from Moody’s Investor Services highlights just how deeply in debt state and local pension systems are in Illinois, when compared to other states.

Tax receipts fall

Two months into the state’s new fiscal year, Illinois state government base revenues have dropped by $279 million from the previous year, according to the latest report from the legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CoGFA).

The drop in revenues was not unexpected, according to CoGFA, because revenues last fiscal year benefited from a one-time boost related to the state’s tax Refund Fund.

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State audit shows problems continue with All Kids program

A new state audit showed problems continue with lax oversight in the Expanded All Kids state health welfare insurance program, at a cost of millions to taxpayers, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

State agencies in charge of the child welfare program were cited for failing to conduct annual eligibility reviews, failing to verify income, duplicate enrollments and continuing to pay benefits for patients who were too old to qualify for the insurance program.

“This kind of problem is exactly what makes people distrust their state government,” Duffy said. “The All Kids welfare program should be helping our most needy children.  Instead, due to a complete lack of oversight, we are spending a ton of money on people who are working the system and do not qualify for child welfare services.”
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Senate Week in Review: September 1-5, 2014

A state audit has revealed continued problems in the Expanded All Kids state health insurance program; a bipartisan legislative committee is set to begin its review of state rules on hydraulic fracturing; and on-line voter registration is now available, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

Audit: Problems continue in All Kids

A new state audit showed problems continue with lax oversight in the Expanded All Kids state health insurance program. State agencies in charge of the program were cited for failing to conduct annual eligibility reviews, failing to verify income, duplicate enrollments and continuing to pay benefits for patients who were too old to qualify for the insurance program.

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Senate Week in Review: August 25-29, 2014

The Governor concluded action on all bills sent to him during the 2014 legislative session, approving more than 100 measures and vetoing bills that would have established regulations for ridesharing companies like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar and brought uniformity to speed limits on Interstates and toll highways, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

Among the more notable measures signed during the week were several measures affecting crime and courts.

Patronage Scandal Grows

Also, in recent days, the Governor’s office has come under heavy fire for a growing patronage controversy within the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Senate Week in Review: August 18-22, 2014

More than 125 new laws were signed in recent days, as the deadline for the Governor to act on legislation from the General Assembly’s spring session nears. The measures cover topics as wide ranging as smoking on campus to fur trapping to dangerous new “designer” drugs, according to State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington).

Audit hits ‘faulty’ bookkeeping

A federal audit has revealed that Illinois spent more than it was allowed under its federal Medicaid account, the Chicago Tribune reports.

An audit by the Inspector General at the United States Department of Health and Human Services cited Illinois for “faulty” and “imprecise” bookkeeping, revealing the state took out an average of $60 million more than it was entitled to each quarter between 2010 and 2012.

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