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Several Illinois lawmakers said this week they are determined to pass a bill in the spring that would overhaul the way nursing homes are paid through the state’s Medicaid program to address critical staffing shortages.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court will lift its pause on judicial redistricting Jan. 1, fully implementing new judicial boundaries passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker earlier this year.

SPRINGFIELD — Lawyers for the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders filed documents in federal court denying that newly drawn state legislative district maps amount to racial gerrymandering, instead accusing the plaintiffs in the three lawsuits of trying to use race to redraw districts for t…

The new maps create a new 13th District stretching from the Metro East region across a narrow strip of land through Springfield and Decatur, to Champaign. They also combine what are currently the 12th and 15th districts, held by GOP Reps. Mike Bost and Mary Miller, into a new 12th  that covers most of the southern one-third of the state