217,000 Illinoisans Sign Up for Obamacare

217,000 Illinoisans Sign Up for Obamacare


Federal officials say more than 217,000 Illinois residents chose health plans in the new insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released final enrollment numbers Thursday. The federal report also shows Hispanics represent 9.5 percent of the Illinois enrollees who volunteered their race or ethnicity. Hispanics are the state’s largest ethnic group, making up about 16 percent of the population.

The administration hasn’t said how many of the enrollees were previously uninsured or how many have paid their premiums. In Illinois, an additional 287,000 have enrolled in expanded Medicaid coverage.

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Rauner Issues Pardons

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Rauner granted 10 and denied 200 clemency petitions.

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Springfield Man Convicted of Sexual Assault


Christopher Westfall was convicted in August.

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Food Pantries Thankful for Contributions

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Donations at Illinois food pantries during the holiday season helps them stay open year round.

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Businesses Get EDGE Tax Credits


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Historic Site Acquires Historical Portrait

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Olof Krans depicted Bishop Hill in Henry County.