Robyn Gabel http://wuis.org en "Soda Tax" Defeated At Statehouse http://wuis.org/post/soda-tax-defeated-statehouse <p>An Illinois House committee has rejected a proposed tax on sweetened drinks that supporters say would help fight obesity. &nbsp;</p><p>The House Revenue and Finance Committee defeated the so-called ``soda tax'' Tuesday. It would have added a tax of 1 cent per ounce to any sweetened beverage. &nbsp;</p><p>Rep. Robyn Gabel is an Evanston Democrat. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Gabel told legislators the tax would give people an incentive to choose a healthier drink. It also would generate an estimated $600 million in annual revenue. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:22:37 +0000 Associated Press 26046 at http://wuis.org "Soda Tax" Defeated At Statehouse State Legislation Hints At Marijuana Legalization http://wuis.org/post/state-legislation-hints-marijuana-legalization <p>Last year, Illinois approved medical use of marijuana after years of debating the issue.&nbsp;&nbsp; But could Illinois be closer to following the lead of some other states that have given the o-k to recreational use?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 23009 at http://wuis.org State Legislation Hints At Marijuana Legalization Home Health Workers Ask For Higher Wages http://wuis.org/post/home-health-workers-ask-higher-wages <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>There are thousands of personal support workers in Illinois — home care workers who provide support to developmentally disabled people, and those with other special needs. <a href="http://carecampaignhome.com/" target="_blank">Advocates</a> say the average wage for the field is just over nine dollars and they're calling for an increase.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:06:35 +0000 Hannah Meisel 18370 at http://wuis.org Home Health Workers Ask For Higher Wages