News and Updates
Updates on the policies, news and regulations that affect your organization and community.
11/12: Governor-elect JB Pritzker announced last week his Budget and Innovation Committee, which will be chaired by former Comptroller Dan Hynes. The Committee will advise him on the state budget as he transitions to office. For a full list of members: Two days after election, Pritzker forms budget working group.
11/12: Illinoisans enrolled in Medicaid can again choose a Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan as the Department of Healthcare and Family Services Division of Medical Programs lifted a sanction against the company. BCBS still cannot participate in automatic enrollment for the Medicaid beneficiaries who do not choose a plan. BCBS was one of the seven health plans chosen to operate under the State’s Medicaid Managed Care program, HealthChoice Illinois. For details: State eases sanctions against Blue Cross, partly reopening Medicaid managed care enrollment.
11/7: After winning the Illinois gubernatorial election by 15 points, Governor-elect JB Pritzker announced his Transition Committee and his administration’s Chief of Staff.
TRANSITION COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Chair, Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton
Co-Chair, Barbara Bowman
Co-Chair, Mike Carrigan
Co-Chair, Former Governor Jim Edgar
Co-Chair, Sol Flores
Co-Chair, Marty Nesbitt
TRANSITION COMMITTEE STAFF
Chief of Staff, Anne Caprara
Transition Director, Nikki Budzinski
Deputy Transition Director, Sean Rapelyea
Senior Advisor, Former Comptroller Dan Hynes
Senior Advisor, State Representative Christian Mitchell
Senior Advisor, Michael Sacks
Counsel, Jesse Ruiz
10/23: Human services create jobs and make significant contributions to the Southern Illinois economy. That is one of the key findings in Illinois Partners’ latest economic impact study, The Economic Impact of the Human Services Sector in Southern Illinois. The report, released in Carterville, demonstrates how the sector is building well-being in the region.
10/11: The Illinois General Assembly, which includes the Senate and House of Representatives, will reconvene on November 13, 2018 for veto session. Legislators will meet on November 13-15 and 27-29 to consider actions on bills from the regular 2018 session (January-May 2018) that the governor vetoed. The General Assembly can accept the changes made by the governor to the bill and pass it into law, allow the bill to die, or try to pass the bill by overriding the governor’s veto.
10/10: Immigrants seeking entry into the U.S. or to become Legal Permanent Residents undergo a “public charge” test that determines whether a person is likely to become “primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.” The Department of Homeland Security is proposing to broaden the public charge test to include a minimum income requirement and to take into consideration the use of additional federal programs such as SNAP. Protecting immigrants’ access to these bedrock services that support well-being promotes shared prosperity and helps build stronger communities. Comments on the proposed rule can be submitted in the Federal Register through December 10. For more information and resources, visit the Protecting Immigrant Families’ website.
10/10: Illinois Partners for Human Service Executive Director Judith Gethner served as the keynote speaker at a convening of business and nonprofit leaders hosted by The Community Foundation of Will County on October 2. The convening took place as part of the Foundation’s initiative to build stronger partnerships between the nonprofit and business sectors. For details: Community Foundation of Will County seeks to raise quality of life.
10/9: Illinois Partners has released Government Is The Foundation of Well-Being–Why Philanthropy Cannot Replace Government in Helping Illinois Communities Reach Their Potential, a new report that analyzes government funding, individual income data, charitable donations, local foundations, and tax policy, among others, to demonstrate the essential–but limited– role philanthropy plays in supporting government funded human services, and government’s irreplaceable role in addressing the scale of human services needs in a large state like Illinois.
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