Progress Illinois: Blue Cross Fights To Keep Charging Women More

Meanwhile, congressional opponents like Illinois' own Rep. Jan Schakowsky -- who shows up in Flannery's report -- have argued that gender rating is biased and have included provisions in the final health care bills that would ban the practice on the individual market and for groups under 100.

Chicago Tribune: School lunches: Push for healthier foods faces barriers

Parents find the rules stacked against them as they try to remove entrees such as pancakes
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., recently visited her granddaughter's Evanston school to learn about the situation on the ground so she can help shape federal policy when Congress debates the nutrition act.

LA Times: Judge throws out Blackwater guards' charges in Iraqi deaths

The private contractors are accused of killing 17 unarmed civilians in Baghdad in a 2007 case that sparked an outcry. A judge says using statements from the Americans was a violation of their rights.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), who has in the past sponsored legislation that would prohibit the hire of private military contractors, said she was dismayed by the news. "A question I've been asking for a long time is, 'Can these private military contractors actually get away with murder?' " Schakowsky said. "This indicates that the answer is yes."

Des Plaines Journal and Topics: Extend Milwaukee Improvements?

Grant May Fund Project Expansion
The $520,000 grant awarded on Friday, Dec. 18 combined with a $475,000 federal transportation grant recently secured for Milwaukee Avenue by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th) could extend the work north on Milwaukee.