Quad-Cities Online: Morthland, Illinois GOP say state can't afford Obamacare

By Bill Mayeroff, Quad-Cities Online State Rep. Rich Morthland, R-Cordova, joined Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) on Friday to call attention to budget pressure facing Illinois taxpayers due to Medicaid costs and the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act. The legislators held a news conference Friday afternoon at the Quad City International Airport in Moline, one of several during a fly-around of the state... Rep. Cross said Illinois needs to do a better job controlling Medicaid costs, including improving verification of residence to get Medicaid benefits and implementing a co-pay for those who go to emergency rooms for non-emergencies. "We can't afford it," he said. "Clearly we need to take action."...  To read the full article and other news from the Quad-Cities Online, please click HERE
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hhaCraggethoss urges 84th District residents to serve on Illinois' boards and commissions

"There are more than 300 boards and commissions in the state and we are looking for qualified people to serve in this capacity to provide guidance to elected officials and state agencies," said Cross. "We have some of the most intelligent, talented and giving people in the 84th district, and I want to make sure our residents have the opportunity to get appointed to help make the state a better place to live." Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order earlier this year to improve the process regarding appointments to state boards and commissions and to make the whole process more accessible and transparent.
"The website, Appointments.Illinois.gov, makes the appointment process more accessible for everyone who is interested in serving on our state's boards and commissions," said Gov. Quinn. "It is another step toward achieving the open, honest and transparent government that the people of Illinois deserve." To learn more about the process and find out if you are interested serving on a state board or commission please visit the website at http://appointments.illinois.gov.
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a2Crtaehoss urges 84th District residents to serve on Illinois' boards and commissions

"There are more than 300 boards and commissions in the state and we are looking for qualified people to serve in this capacity to provide guidance to elected officials and state agencies," said Cross. "We have some of the most intelligent, talented and giving people in the 84th district, and I want to make sure our residents have the opportunity to get appointed to help make the state a better place to live." Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order earlier this year to improve the process regarding appointments to state boards and commissions and to make the whole process more accessible and transparent.
"The website, Appointments.Illinois.gov, makes the appointment process more accessible for everyone who is interested in serving on our state's boards and commissions," said Gov. Quinn. "It is another step toward achieving the open, honest and transparent government that the people of Illinois deserve." To learn more about the process and find out if you are interested serving on a state board or commission please visit the website at http://appointments.illinois.gov.
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aCraggethoss urges 84th District residents to serve on Illinois' boards and commissions

"There are more than 300 boards and commissions in the state and we are looking for qualified people to serve in this capacity to provide guidance to elected officials and state agencies," said Cross. "We have some of the most intelligent, talented and giving people in the 84th district, and I want to make sure our residents have the opportunity to get appointed to help make the state a better place to live." Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order earlier this year to improve the process regarding appointments to state boards and commissions and to make the whole process more accessible and transparent.
"The website, Appointments.Illinois.gov, makes the appointment process more accessible for everyone who is interested in serving on our state's boards and commissions," said Gov. Quinn. "It is another step toward achieving the open, honest and transparent government that the people of Illinois deserve." To learn more about the process and find out if you are interested serving on a state board or commission please visit the website at http://appointments.illinois.gov.
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aCraggethoss urges 84th District residents to serve on Illinois' boards and commissions

"There are more than 300 boards and commissions in the state and we are looking for qualified people to serve in this capacity to provide guidance to elected officials and state agencies," said Cross. "We have some of the most intelligent, talented and giving people in the 84th district, and I want to make sure our residents have the opportunity to get appointed to help make the state a better place to live." Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order earlier this year to improve the process regarding appointments to state boards and commissions and to make the whole process more accessible and transparent.
"The website, Appointments.Illinois.gov, makes the appointment process more accessible for everyone who is interested in serving on our state's boards and commissions," said Gov. Quinn. "It is another step toward achieving the open, honest and transparent government that the people of Illinois deserve." To learn more about the process and find out if you are interested serving on a state board or commission please visit the website at http://appointments.illinois.gov.
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aCraggethoss urges 84th District residents to serve on Illinois' boards and commissions

"There are more than 300 boards and commissions in the state and we are looking for qualified people to serve in this capacity to provide guidance to elected officials and state agencies," said Cross. "We have some of the most intelligent, talented and giving people in the 84th district, and I want to make sure our residents have the opportunity to get appointed to help make the state a better place to live." Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order earlier this year to improve the process regarding appointments to state boards and commissions and to make the whole process more accessible and transparent.
"The website, Appointments.Illinois.gov, makes the appointment process more accessible for everyone who is interested in serving on our state's boards and commissions," said Gov. Quinn. "It is another step toward achieving the open, honest and transparent government that the people of Illinois deserve." To learn more about the process and find out if you are interested serving on a state board or commission please visit the website at http://appointments.illinois.gov.
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1aCraethoss urges 84th District residents to serve on Illinois' boards and commissions

"There are more than 300 boards and commissions in the state and we are looking for qualified people to serve in this capacity to provide guidance to elected officials and state agencies," said Cross. "We have some of the most intelligent, talented and giving people in the 84th district, and I want to make sure our residents have the opportunity to get appointed to help make the state a better place to live." Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order earlier this year to improve the process regarding appointments to state boards and commissions and to make the whole process more accessible and transparent.
"The website, Appointments.Illinois.gov, makes the appointment process more accessible for everyone who is interested in serving on our state's boards and commissions," said Gov. Quinn. "It is another step toward achieving the open, honest and transparent government that the people of Illinois deserve." To learn more about the process and find out if you are interested serving on a state board or commission please visit the website at http://appointments.illinois.gov.
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taga2Cryftaehoss urges 84th District residents to serve on Illinois' boards and commissions

"There are more than 300 boards and commissions in the state and we are looking for qualified people to serve in this capacity to provide guidance to elected officials and state agencies," said Cross. "We have some of the most intelligent, talented and giving people in the 84th district, and I want to make sure our residents have the opportunity to get appointed to help make the state a better place to live." Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order earlier this year to improve the process regarding appointments to state boards and commissions and to make the whole process more accessible and transparent. "The website, Appointments.Illinois.gov, makes the appointment process more accessible for everyone who is interested in serving on our state's boards and commissions," said Gov. Quinn. "It is another step toward achieving the open, honest and transparent government that the people of Illinois deserve." To learn more about the process and find out if you are interested serving on a state board or commission please visit the website at http://appointments.illinois.gov.

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Cross, Hatcher pass resolution to reinstate wrestling in the Olympics

May 2, 2013 State Representative Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) and House Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) today advanced House Resolution 169 in the Illinois House, urging the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to revisit their recent decision to drop wrestling from the Olympic Games. [caption id="attachment_3476" align="alignleft" width="200"]Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego), former U.S. Speaker of the House Denny Hastert and Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego), former U.S. Speaker of the House Denny Hastert and Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville)[/caption] Former U.S. Speaker of the House Denny Hastert was also in Springfield today advocating for the resolution. “Wrestling plays an important role in Illinois communities and provides our youth the opportunity to learn valuable life skills through discipline, strength, and hard work,” said Cross. “I remain hopeful that the International Olympic Committee will reverse its decision to eliminate wrestling from the Olympics.” “Wrestling is an Olympic tradition dating back to the very first Olympic Games. Today, hundreds of thousands of student athletes here and across the country wrestle, many with dreams of participating in the Olympics. The Olympic Committee needs to continue to inspire young athletes’ dreams, not stifle them,” Representative Hatcher said. The IOC executive board’s has voted to phase out wrestling after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In 2012, more than 280,000 high school students in the United States participated in the sport. It is considered to be one of the most diverse sports, with athletes from almost 200 countries around the world.  Illinois has the second most high school wrestlers in any state in the nation, with 17,112 high school boys and girls wrestling in the 2011-2012 year. Illinois is also active in college wrestling through 18 college programs.
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Statement: Comprehensive Pension Reform Advances

May 1, 2013 [caption id="attachment_3462" align="alignright" width="300"]Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) answers questions from the media following the pensions committee Wednesday. (May 1, 2013) Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) answers questions from the media following the pensions committee Wednesday. (May 1, 2013)[/caption] Illinois House Republican Leader made the following statement after Senate Bill 1, Amendment 1 passed out of the Personnel and Pensions Committee today in Springfield. "In terms of true pension reform and sustainability long term, this does that and as I said, it is a framework of what we’ve been working on for a long time. I think not having the cost shift, to be specific, is helpful for suburban and downstate members, and my guess is that this thing is going to pass out of the House, the question is what’s going to happen in the Senate?" Click here to read Illinois Issues' description of the bill.
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