Aetna to leave Illinois health insurance exchange for 2017

CHICAGO (AP) – Aetna is leaving the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange in Illinois for 2017, further reducing competition. Aetna’s announcement late Monday leaves six companies selling plans for next year to individuals and families on the Illinois “Obamacare” marketplace. Illinois Department of Insurance spokesman Michael Batkins says two insurers remain selling plans to…

Wentzville Breaks Ground On New City Hall

Wentzville, MO  (KTRS)  Construction is underway on Wentzville’s first new city hall in forty years. A groundbreaking ceremony was Tuesday afternoon for the $9.3-million facility. The current city hall on Pearce Boulevard is one of nine buildings that houses city staff. The new facility being build on Schroeder Creek Boulevard will house all departments. City…

Illinois voters to see transportation money ballot question

CHICAGO (AP) – When Illinois voters head to the polls in November, the first ballot question won’t be for presidential candidates, but a measure aimed at protecting the state’s transportation-related funding from being used for other purposes. The proposed constitutional amendment seeks to prevent money generated through tolls, taxes and other transportation-related sources from being…

Illinois AG orders emails disclosed, refuels privacy debate

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office has issued an opinion stating that privately transmitted emails about government business are subject to disclosure in a case involving Chicago police officers’ discussion of the Laquan McDonald shooting. Open-records advocates say the public access counselor’s binding declaration – combined with a May court opinion…