Daily Archive : Tuesday September 26, 2017

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    The GOP Repeal Bill Is Imploding. Here Are 5 Things Left Hanging On Obamacare.

    Republicans officially pulled the plug on their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday. “We don’t have the votes,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) after a closed-door meeting of Senate Republicans. “And since we don’t have the votes, we’ve made the decision to postpone the vote.” Cassidy, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) put together the proposal they hoped could pass the Senate. As of Sunday, though, the Senate will no longer be able to pass a health law overhaul bill with only a simple majority. That means the bill is effectively dead, for now. That message was underscored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said “where we go from here is tax reform.” But that does not mean all is smooth sailing for the ACA. Here are five ongoing challenges the law faces. 1. Insurers still face tremendous uncertainty. Wednesday is the deadline for health insurers to finalize rates for the 2018 individual market open enrollment season, which starts Nov. 1. Yet there has been no resolution to the question of whether the federal government will continue to reimburse insurers for subsidies known as “cost-sharing reductions.” Those are payments insurers are required to provide to moderate-income enrollees to help them afford deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. The law says the federal government is supposed to make those payments, but a lawsuit has left that an open question, and the Trump administration has repeatedly threatened to stop making the payments. Without reimbursement of those subsidies, Pennsylvania Health and Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller told the Senate Finance Committee Monday that insurers in her state “reported they would need to request a statewide average increase of 20.3 percent” in health plan premium costs. Those increases are similar nationwide. A bipartisan effort led by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to advance legislation to affirmatively fund the payments was reportedly progressing until Republican leaders stopped them to concentrate on efforts to pass the Graham-Cassidy legislation. But they now appear back at it again. Murray said Tuesday she is “ready to keep working on the bipartisan path that could lead to results.” Alexander similarly released a statement that he would “consult” with Murray and others “on a limited bipartisan plan that could be enacted into law to help lower premiums and make insurance available to the 18 million Americans in the individual market in 2018 and 2019.” 2. The Trump administration has cut funding for efforts to sign people up for insurance. Administration officials announced earlier this month major cuts to the “navigator” program, which provides funding to community groups that guide people through the complex task of signing up for health insurance through the online marketplaces. Some groups are losing more than 90 percent of their budgets. The cuts have forced many groups to lay off workers just before open enrollment begins and limit areas they serve. 3. The 2018 enrollment period is half the length of 2017’s, and now it will be shorter still. Trump officials are also slashing by 90 percent the advertising budget that reminds people about open enrollment and how to sign up - from $100 million to $10 million. Those cuts are even more significant this year because, for the first time since the law’s implementation, open enrollment for healthcare.gov starts in November, rather than December, and lasts only 45 days.

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    The renovation of the Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire is transforming nearly every aspect of the resort, with two new restaurants, a full-service Starbucks Cafe, a new spa, and renovated guest rooms.

    What the renovation at Marriott Lincolnshire looks like

    Construction of a $22 million renovation of the Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort is nearing completion.

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    Dr. Charles R. Schwartz, an internist set to complete his residency at Rush University in 2018, is the first to sign on with DuPage Medical Group's new Physician Catalyst Program.

    DuPage Medical Group launches Physician Catalyst Program
    DuPage Medical Group announced its first signee for the newly established resident recruitment initiative called the DMG Catalyst Program.

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    Principle Construction Corp. will build a 107,000 square foot speculative warehouse at 2080 Lunt Ave. in Elk Grove Village.

    Principle to build warehouse in Elk Grove VIllage

    Principle Construction Corp. has been selected by Seefried Properties to build a 107,000 square foot speculative warehouse at 2080 Lunt Ave. in Elk Grove Village.

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    Tenneco to supply diesel systems for Daimler truck engines

    Tenneco Inc. based in Lake Forest said it will supply an engine platform for Daimler truck engines.

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    Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) carries the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

    Nielsen: Football ratings off 11 percent this year

    The Nielsen company said ratings for NFL games shown to a national audience are down 11 percent compared to last year

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    FILE- In this Dec. 18, 2015, file photo, Bombardier's CS100 assembly line is seen at the company's plant in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. The U.S Commerce Department slapped duties of nearly 220 percent on Canada's Bombardier C Series aircraft Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in a victory for Boeing that is likely to raise tensions between the United States and its allies Canada and Britain. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

    US slaps 220 percent duty on Canada's Bombardier jets

    In a victory for Boeing, the U.S. Commerce Department slaps tariffs on Canada's Bombardier

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    FILE - In this March 15, 2012, file photo, San Diego State assistant coach Tony Bland, left, talks during NCAA college basketball practice in Columbus, Ohio. Bland, who is currently an assistant at Southern California, was identified in court papers, and is among 10 people, facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    The Latest: Handcuffed basketball coach appears in court

    A University of Southern California basketball assistant coach charged in a massive corruption case has made his initial court appearance in Florida

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    Nielsen's top programs for Sept. 18-24

    A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Sept. 18-24

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    Working Mother magazine recognized several suburban companies on its annual list of 100 Best Companies for working moms.

    The three best suburban companies for working moms

    Working Mother magazine recognized several suburban companies on its annual list of 100 Best Companies for working moms.

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    FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, ABC News anchor David Muir speaks before retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali received the Liberty Medal during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. ABC's "World News Tonight" with Muir has beaten its rivals at NBC and CBS to win in the ratings for the first year in more than two decades. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    ABC's 'World News' breaks a 21-year streak

    ABC's 'World News' has beaten its rivals at NBC and CBS to win in the ratings for the first year in more than two decades, when the late Peter Jennings was anchor

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    Toyota investing $374 million at 5 existing US factories

    Toyota Motor Corp. says it is investing $374 million at five U.S. plants to support production of its first American-made hybrid powertrain

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    Tribal leader irked by state deal with Dakota Access builder

    The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux and an attorney for private North Dakota landowners both believe the builder of the Dakota Access pipeline got off lightly when it settled allegations by state regulators that it violated rules during construction

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    Equifax CEO Richard Smith has been ousted in an effort to clean up the mess left by a damaging data breach that exposed highly sensitive information about 143 million Americans.

    Equifax CEO Richard Smith steps down after hack

    Equifax Inc. Chief Executive Officer Richard Smith stepped down, joining other senior managers who left the credit-reporting company in the wake of an uproar over the theft of private data on 143 million Americans.

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    Carl Buddig & Co. subsidiary CBQ LLC reached a multiyear agreement to produce Kingsford branded precooked ribs and barbecue entrees.

    Carl Buddig inks licensing deal with Kingsford for new product line
    CBQ LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carl Buddig & Co., reached a multiyear agreement to produce Kingsford branded pre-cooked ribs and barbecue entrees.

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    Chicagoland Quad Cities Inc. recently leased 89,670 square feet at 9 Timber Court in Bolingbrook.

    Chicagoland Quad Cities leases Bolingbrook space
    Darwin Realty recently represented Chicagoland Quad Cities Inc. in its lease of 89,670 square feet in the 320,722 square foot building at 9 Timber Court in Bolingbrook.

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    STG to expand Elk Grove logistics center into regional HQ

    Logistics and transportation services company STG (St. George Logistics), in partnership with real estate developer Hamilton Partners, announced a multimillion dollar expansion to its logistics center in Elk Grove Village, which will become the company’s new regional headquarters.

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    Fire damages ArcelorMittal's northwest Indiana steel mill

    Steelmaker ArcelorMittal says a control room fire at its northwest Indiana mill forced it to temporarily shut down the complex's rolling mill and shearing line

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    This Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, photo, shows a Kohl's retail store in Salem, N.H. Kohl’s long-time CEO Kevin Mansell is retiring and will be replaced by Michelle Gass, a former Starbucks executive who has been with the company since 2013. The company says the change in leadership will take place in May 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Long-time Kohl's CEO Kevin Mansell to retire

    Kohl's long-time CEO Kevin Mansell is retiring and will be replaced by Michelle Gass, who joined the company in 2013.

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    Nearly all job cuts done at Rexnord's Indianapolis factory

    All but a handful of workers are losing their jobs at Rexnord Corp.'s Indianapolis factory nearly a year after industrial bearings plant's closing was announced

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    Rita Chavez and her daughter, 4-year-old Samantha, get their car seats inspected by Palatine Police Department Certified Child Safety Seat Inspectors.

    Editorial: Parents, think safety on car seats, medication

    A Daily Herald editorial points out two news stories this week - one on seat belts and one on medications - that remind parents that simple everyday tasks can require special attention to assure safety.

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    At a Re-Entry Collaborative meeting, Elgin police Lt. Rick Ciganek, right, gives his cellphone number to Jermaine Jones, a parolee staying in a halfway house.

    Editorial: Elgin’s collaborative approach to helping parolees

    A Daily Herald editorial is encouraged by Elgin Police Department’s new “Re-Entry Collaborative” that partners with nonprofits to help parolees.

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    Trump and the swamp monsters

    Steven and Cokie Roberts: Alabama’s Senate race is seriously scrambling Republican politics.

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    Where in the world is Dail Dinwiddie?

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Twenty-five years ago on Sept. 24, 1992, Dail Boxley Dinwiddie vanished.

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    Who would condone glee over attack on a woman?
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Donald Trump is now exposed for the coward that he is. Who but a coward would take glee in the attack from behind of a woman with a hit from a golf ball.

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    Even in protest, show respect for our flag
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: There are so many crucial educational issues to comment on, yet I find myself unable to be silent on the issue of respect for the American flag.

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    Fight attacks on Medicaid
    A Geneva letter to the editor: In response to your coverage of the health debate, I’m concerned about last-ditch efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it in the U.S. Senate.

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    Congress forgets value of compromise
    I have just finished reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s magnificent book, “A Team of Rivals.” She wrote about the evening that Richmond, Va. fell. A crowd had gathered in front of the White House. Lincoln appeared in a window and spoke to them.

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