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 other important job: Scott Walker’s. The Governor is facing a tough recall campaign, and the state is nowhere near reaching the 250,000 new jobs he promised by the end of his term.
Gaining jobs Illinois added 9,100 jobs in March, and the state unemployment rate dropped to 8.8 percent, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
BP lawsuit Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing BP for $100 million, according to partner station WCPN Ideastream. DeWine says BP is responsible for a drop in its stock price after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Ohio pension system was an investor in BP at the time.
Starting over WCPN Ideastream also talks to people in their 50s, who are starting a career all over again.
Brain gain The University of Michigan will spend $163 million to build the state’s first hospital focused on neuroscience, according to the Detroit News.
Budget cuts Illinois Governor Pat Quinn outlined plans yesterday to cut the state’s pension costs and Medicaid programs. Partner station WBEZ Chicago says Quinn also plans to close two prisons and consolidate dozens of state offices.
Teacher teacher The Wall Street Journal looks at a shakeup for poor performing schools in Chicago, and sees a trend. More Democratic mayors are challenging teacher unions.
Clean energy ballot push Partner station WCPN Ideastream Cleveland reports there’s a new ballot initiative underway that would let voters choose whether the state should borrow billions to invest in clean energy. Turns out, environmentalists have nothing to do with the ballot initiative.
Surprise! It sold A busy real estate market is surprising some sellers in Northeast Ohio. Home sales were up more than 25 percent for the region in January, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
UAW protest plans The conservative web site, The Daily Caller, says it’s found evidence that the UAW plans to train 100,000 people for “The 99% Spring” protest movement. The Detroit News has a story. Changing Gears has discussed the UAW’s connection to the movement before.
Going private Proposals in Michigan would open the door to privately-run prisons.
Windy city The city of Milwaukee’s wind turbine is officially up!
Profit sharing bump GM reported a record profit yesterday, which means UAW members at GM will get a record profit-sharing bonus. Bloomberg News says union workers at all three Detroit carmakers are eligible for bonuses this year, and that could give the Midwest economy a lift.
Hospital expansion The leader of Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit is considering a $175 million expansion to its resort-like hospital in the suburb of West Bloomfield.
Nice way to repay Sears laid off 100 employees in its Chicago headquarters this week. It’s been two months since the state approved a $150 million tax incentive to keep the company in Illinois.
Unseasonably warm “Nice” weather isn’t helping Midwest winter tourism businesses.
Brain boom Wright State University plans a $37 million neuroscience research hub.
Cleaning up An environmental advocacy group says Ohio making progress on clean energy, but it has some harsh words for one of the state’s utility companies.
Medicuts The New York Times has a look at how proposed cuts to Medicaid will hurt Illinois.
Bowing out Chrysler says it will no longer seek a loan from the federal government to develop hybrid vehicles.
Young and successful The South Bend Tribune sits down with a 29-year-old developer who’s working to revitalize the city.