Illinois governor can’t expand state-subsidized healthcare without lawmakers’ approval, court rules
Chicago Tribune, September 29, 2008
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's agenda was dealt a major blow after a state appellate court ruled he doesn't have the power to expand state-subsidized healthcare without lawmakers' approval. The decision upholds a ruling that found Blagojevich had overstepped his bounds when he used his administrative powers to add more people to the state's FamilyCare insurance program. The ruling jeopardizes coverage for those enrolled in the program, though it's unclear how many people may be dropped. Critics have long complained that the administration can't provide solid numbers on how many people have benefited from Blagojevich's healthcare expansions.