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2013-03-24T00:00:00Z Illinois newsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Gov. Quinn: Group to address health care workforce

CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn is taking steps to ensure Illinois has the workforce it needs to fill thousands of new health care jobs.

Quinn said the jobs will be created as Illinois implements the Affordable Care Act, which will expand health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of people.

In a press release Saturday the governor said he has directed Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck to lead a Health Care Workforce Workgroup. The group will assess and plan for the jobs needed to serve a growing and increasingly aging and diverse population.

Its members will include representatives from the departments of veteran's affairs and human services and the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

The group will recommended a workforce action plan by September.


Authorities investigating Chicago college student's death

CHICAGO | Authorities are trying to determine how a Chicago college student died, after her decomposing body was found inside a mattress in an apartment in the Pilsen neighborhood.

Michelle Manalansan was a 29-year-old student at Harold Washington College. She was last seen on Feb. 9 leaving her home in the city's North Loop area wearing a jogging suit and gym shoes.

Police found her body about a week ago inside a Pilsen apartment. According to a police report, her body was found inside an air mattress that had been cut open and stuffed with garbage.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office says an autopsy performed this week was inconclusive.


Man gets prison for drunken driving crash that killed daughter

SPRINGFIELD | A central Illinois man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed his 7-year-old daughter.

Paul Carlson of Petersburg tearfully told a Springfield court that he loved his daughter, Kealy Carlson, "more than words can express."

In the 2011 crash, the 28-year-old's Jeep went down an embankment and into a ditch. He was found guilty of aggravated DUI.

Friday's sentence included two years of mandatory supervised release.

A relative of the victim's mother said the family was satisfied with the punishment.

Carlson's attorney, Tim Timoney, said his client is an alcoholic and "if he could go back and have it be him instead of her ... he would offer to do that any time."

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