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1950Brutus - Mid-America Port Authority pledged $1.3 million from Illinois - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I root for the Cleve Browns even though they have zero chance of winning the super bowl. Chance of winning doesn't come into play on this obsession - doesn't come into play when I vote either. I vote for what I want - I do not "settle"..
Givemeliberty - Mid-America Port Authority pledged $1.3 million from Illinois - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
The goal this year is not to win its to get 5% of the vote so ballot access is not an issue in four years. Right up until about a month and a half ago the Libertarians were doing little if any campaigning. They were fighting court battles the GOP brought against them. And it was the same with the Green and Constitution partys to get on the ballot. Its hard to fund raise when you can't campaign…
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Minimum wage it for minimum employees. A person should be able to work for any wage they want too without government interference.
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If the Dems contaminate the ballot box the only recourse is exactly the same as was give n the Crown!
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What we need is a better voting system...like the Borda method. Then the 3rd party candidate most assuredly would have a chance....but for just that reason you'll never see it....the controlling parties not wanting a 3rd party to have any chance. Plus it's a bit difficult to count unless you are computerized. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borda_count

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Website has filings from companies selling property, casualty, health and life insurance products

State officials announced Tuesday that Illinois is giving the public online access for the first time to forms filed by insurers when they set the rates they'll charge, a move that consumer advocates called a step in the right direction.

"We are pleased to provide consumers direct access to review rate and form filings," said Department of Insurance Director Andrew Boron in a statement. Public access online "demonstrates our commitment to protecting consumers by providing assistance and information which fosters a competitive insurance marketplace," he said.

Consumer advocates welcomed the move but said the records are full of technical lingo and the site is difficult to navigate, making it difficult for most policyholders to understand. The website has filings from companies selling property, casualty, health and life insurance products.

"Without knowing exactly what they're looking for, it's unlikely a consumer will find information they need to educate themselves and participate in the process," said Dena Mendelsohn, a health policy analyst for Consumers Union, a public policy group. She said Oregon has made similar information easy for consumers to use and understand.

Still, the shift is hopeful news for advocates who've been pushing Illinois lawmakers for stronger regulation of health insurance rates, said Stephani Becker of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago. Currently, Illinois regulators don't have the authority to deny rate increases that are excessive.

The change announced Tuesday means consumers will be able to search for rate filings using SERFF Filing Access, an online tool developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. SERFF stands for System for Electronic Rate and Form Filing.

"This is a library of past filings. There's no way to compare companies very well," said Becker, adding that the Shriver Center will try to work with the Department of Insurance to make the information more user-friendly.

"Disclosure is great, but the department needs to do more to allow consumers to understand what's in these rate filings," said Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, a group that supports regulating health insurance rates.

Illinois Department of Insurance spokeswoman Kimberly Parker said consumers with questions will be able to call the department for assistance.


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