Midwest Memo: Medicaid Cuts In Illinois, Job Losses In Wisconsin And Ohio Sues BP

A plan for Medicaid Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has a $2.7 billion plan to keep the state’s Medicaid program solvent. According to partner station WBEZ, the plan makes deep cuts in coverage and eligibility, and raises revenue by increasing the state’s cigarette tax. Losing jobs Wisconsin lost 4,300 jobs in March. That could have an effect one …

Midwest Memo: A Casino Gamble, Wisconsin Primary And Red Cross Workers On Strike

Taking a chance A group in Michigan wants to change the state’s constitution to allow more casino gambling. According to the Detroit Free Press, the group is proposing new casinos in eight locations, including downtown Detroit and Grand Rapids. Two politicians, two views of the economy Wisconsin primary voters head to the polls tomorrow. The …

Wisconsin Elections Board To Decide Friday on Recall Elections

The petition signatures have all been counted, and now it’s up to Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board to schedule recall elections. That is likely to happen on Friday. The board meets at 9 am CT, and you can watch its deliberations live. The board’s staff released signature tallies on Thursday on recall petitions for Gov. Scott …

Midwest Memo: Detroit Deadline, GOP Primary Goes To Wisconsin and Baby Boomers In Ohio

Decision day A state-appointed review team that’s been looking into Detroit’s finances will have to make a recommendation today. The Detroit News reports officials were working over the weekend to try to reach a deal that would avoid placing an emergency manager in the city. Not the biggest race in town Wisconsin is the next …

Mysterious Noises Are Rattling Windows In Wisconsin. It’s Happened Before In Other Places.

We’ve been as fascinated as anyone else about the strange news coming out of Clintonville, Wisc. this week. Residents in the small town have been hearing mysterious booming noises in the wee hours of the morning. It may be a stretch to consider this an economic story, but Clintonville is being flooded by out of …

Midwest Memo: Bye Bye G-8, Wisconsin Is Udderly Amazing And A Super Vote

Later, G-8er After months of planning in Chicago, city leaders found out yesterday they won’t be hosting the G-8 summit after all. Partner station WBEZ reports the decision could save the city from major protests. Mo’ money, mo’ housing Huntington Bank is pledging $100 million in loans to help build or remodel low-income housing in …

Midwest Memo: “Something Wrong” In Wisconsin, Casino Plans In Michigan And A Region Digs Out

“There’s something wrong” Wisconsin leads the nation in private sector job losses since last July, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. And it’s the only state that’s lost jobs for the last six months in a row. Rolling the dice The Detroit Free Press revealed over the weekend that a whopping 22 new casinos are …

Midwest Memo: Workers Need More Skills, Detroit Needs More Money And Wisconsin Needs Faster Internet

Collared The Presidential candidates are all out talking about creating more manufacturing jobs. The National Journal looks at what that’ll take. The magazine says we’ll need more blue-collar workers with white-collar training. Detroit’s ticking clock Detroit leaders have been furiously trying to cut costs to avoid being taken over by an emergency manager. But the …

Midwest Memo: Lighting Up The Economy, Speedy Job Training And A Compromise In Wisconsin

The big question A blog post at the Harvard Business Review asks, “Just How Important Is Manufacturing?” Bright future The National Resources Defense Council says Ohio has become a leader in making high efficiency light bulbs. It says the industry has created 1,500 jobs in the state. The Columbus Dispatch has the story. The long …