WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Lawsuits have been filed against a northern Illinois school district by five former students who allege they were sexually abused by a former teacher. John Bollman says in a lawsuit filed in Lake County Circuit Court that officials of District 65 in Lake Bluff did nothing to stop the abuse by Charles Ritz. Bollman says he was a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Lake Bluff Junior High School in 1981 when Ritz abused him. In a statement, the school district said it will "defend these claims in court.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in Illinois say a woman found dead in her Rockford home was likely beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend, who later died in a Wisconsin car crash. The body of Destiny Tolodxi was found April 20 in a bedroom of her home. Authorities say they believe an ex-boyfriend, 30-year-old Elmer G. Aguilar of Rockford, beat her to death. Aguilar is believed to have been killed in a car crash on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin's Racine County the same morning her body was found.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Democrats want to set up a state-monitored insurance company to drive down workers' compensation insurance costs. The House voted 62-43 Thursday on a plan that would establish an independent underwriter with a $10 million state loan. It would act as an insurance company in the market and pay back the loan. It's the same legislation Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed last year. Rauner wants lower workers' comp costs but says government intervention in the market is not the answer.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Health care advocates are urging Illinois legislators to reverse some of the policies enacted as part of a massive shift of Medicaid clients into managed care. The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, addressed legislators about the state's transfer of 800,000 to managed care organizations. MCOs coordinate health care and a focus on prevention, aiming to cut medical costs.
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