Source: Chicago Tribune | Illinois |
November 8, 2012
With Illinois voters narrowly rejecting a constitutional amendment on pensions, those on both sides of the issue said the state is in largely the same place it would have been had voters approved the measure: facing tough choices about needed reforms.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.