Daily dose; Local history, plenty of advice, top Medicaid drugs in Illinois

Daily dose; Local history, plenty of advice, top Medicaid drugs in Illinois


In 1913, members of the Champaign Chamber of Commerce today heard of the proposed bond issue of $17,000 to purchase two automobile firetrucks and to make other improvements. Chamber members also learned that the Textile Manufacturing Company’s plant, destroyed by fire some time ago, has been rebuilt and is almost in full operation.

In 1963, William T. Lodge of Monticello, director of the state department of conservation, said he is gratified that Gov. Otto Kerner has asked the Legislature to re-enact a law that would authorize the state to issue revenue bonds to add 4,000 camping sites at 23 state parks. He said he believes campsites are the most feasible project under revenue bonds because there is a “great demand” for them and they can be rented for a dollar a night. He claimed that the state does not have a single modern campsite in its parks.


In 1913, the 5 p.m. car on the Kankakee & Urbana interurban yesterday took Rantoul people attending court in Urbana all the way to the village limits. Tonight they will be taken through to Chandler Street and will be picked up there tomorrow morning. Regular service will be inaugurated later this week, with cars leaving Urbana on uneven hours and leaving Rantoul on even hours. The trip was made in 40 minutes yesterday.

In 1963, Illinois roared past the midpoint of its season at Huff Gym Saturday, walloping Purdue 106-82. The game was so lopsided that Coach Harry Combes used his bench liberally in the second half, but the Illini still scored 62 points in the half. Dave Downey led all scorers with 22 points. Bogie Redmon added 18. It was the 11th win in 12 starts for Illinois. Purdue has won only once at Huff Gym since 1940.



In 1913, in a nutshell, the citizens of Champaign present at a hearing last night on a plan to rename and renumber streets were against the idea. It was the sense of the meeting, however, that east-west thoroughfares be named avenues and north-south thoroughfares be known as streets. Sentiment played a large part in the proceedings, a number of aged men in the audience bitterly opposing the name of a street on which they had lived for 40 or 50 years. But businessmen claimed the change is needed to make it easier to deliver goods.

In 1963, a fire of undetermined origin swept through a two-story building in downtown Tuscola, causing damage estimated at $150,000, according to Fire Chief Dennis Dietrich. Hit by the fire were the buildings on Sale and Park streets housing Brownie’s Cafe, the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Midwest Office Supply Co.

Advice to Republcan legislators

From the Chicago Tribune ...

To my fellow Republicans in Springfield: Now that you have been sworn in, here is a humble suggestion:


Go to no party, drink no free liquor, eat no lobbyist meal, smoke no special-interest cigar, claim no per diem.

Walk away. Now. And issue a joint statement by Senate Republican leader Chris Radogno and House Republican leader Tom Cross: "When a serious, comprehensive Democrat pension plan is offered, members of the Republican Party will return. Until then, we protest the Democrats' refusal to address the issue that will send Illinois across the financial brink."

Leaving does important things. It shows voters that Republicans are serious about overhauling the pension systems. It shows them that Dems can do what they want — by themselves. It shows who is willing to address this decade's biggest issue in Illinois, and who is grandstanding so that they may secretly serve special interests. It prevents Republicans from getting sucked into a sneaky deal. (Check with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on that one.)

Most important, it enables Republicans to meet with real Illinoisans around the state, in a series of legislative hearings, lunches, plant visits, coffees, etc., at which voters will describe to you in vivid and excruciating detail how Springfield pension dithering is hurting them. Taxes. Human services. Schools. Roads. State parks. Name it.

You could use those meetings to gather evidence and build your common-sense, taxpayer-oriented pension reform plan.

Finally, and most important, leaving gets you the heck out of that dreary and sad town.


Advice on gambling bill

From the Chicago Tribune ...

Expect the deal-cutters to propose another expansion bill during the Legislature's upcoming session. But having vetoed the 2012 expansion bill, and while now awaiting a 2013 expansion bill, Quinn needs to veto ... a 2011 expansion bill that Senate President John Cullerton finally is sending to the governor.

Yes, we know. Only in Illinois.

In May 2011, lawmakers passed a 409-page bill even more dreadful than their 2012 effort would be. The 2011 bill would have legalized a Chicago-owned casino but would have undermined regulatory oversight: Chicago's City Hall would have regulated all contracting, hiring and other nongambling operations at City Hall's casino. One provision banned the Illinois State Police, an agency that helps the Illinois Gaming Board regulate existing casinos, from helping keep Chicago's casino free of criminal influence. An internal Gaming Board analysis of the 2011 bill — it came to the Tribune editorial board from a source outside the agency — warned that, unlike the four-year licenses granted to other casinos, the Chicago license would be perpetual — "impossible for the Gaming Board to suspend or revoke" if, say, mobsters got a foothold.


Advice on gay marriage legislation

From the Chicago Sun-Times ...

Hoping to nudge stalled legislation that would legalize gay marriage in Illinois, a group of business leaders on Sunday framed their argument around this simple notion: It’s a smart business decision.

Local industry titans cited the ability to recruit top talent as a top reason to pass the legislation.

Attached to an open letter stating their common views were dozens of influential names, including: Neil G. Bluhm, founder and managing principal of Walton Street Capital, Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, J.B. Pritzker, co-founder of The Pritzker Group, and Laura Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs.

In addition to the 43 individuals signing the letter, six companies and agencies also signed it, including Orbitz Worldwide and Groupon, both based in Chicago.

“Not to trivialize this, but to be sort of a throw back state that hasn’t figured out that this is a material incentive ... it leaves us at a competitive disadvantage,” said Howard Tullman, president and CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, who also endorsed the letter.

Marriage equality would promote a diverse workforce better able to connect with customers and would ultimately create a fair and competitive environment, the letter stated.

It also contends that places like New York, where gay marriage is legal, have a competitive edge over Illinois.

“It is vitally important that Illinois lawmakers enact marriage equality soon,” the letter states.



Best-selling Medicaid drugs in Illinois

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rsp wrote on January 14, 2013 at 10:01 am

re: medicaid. I've been doing some research on what they have been doing to save money. First they hired pharmacists to make the decisions on whether to approve a clients prescriptions. Clients are limited to four a month. Some classes of drugs are extras, they don't count towards the four.

One of the drugs they stopped covering is albuteral, for asthma. A rescue inhaler. They have decided that some patients aren't using it correctly so they seem to think it's better to have them call an ambulance while in distress and go to the e.r. Why try patient education?

There are many cases where medication overrides are denied because they didn't fill out the paper correctly. Or they don't understand your condition. Meanwhile no medical care and people are getting sicker. So it looks like the state is saving money in one area but it's not. 

A thoughtful approach would have saved money without endangering patients lives. They already had a preferred drug list in place. State law already required the use of generics. How are the sickest patients and people with disabilities served by denying them needed medications and limiting them to only four a month?

SaintClarence27 wrote on January 16, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Is there a replacement for the albuterol? Most of the time, when we had a drug removed, they had suggested replacements. All of this is sent to the Dr., who then prescribes whatever Medicaid will pay for. That said, it's a huge hassle.