CHICAGO (AP) - The government says more than 7,000 Illinois residents have signed up for private insurance coverage since the federal online exchange was launched. Fewer than 1,400 signed up in October when the website was barely working. Nearly 5,700 made it through the process in November as the government scrambled to make repairs.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Four Republicans running for Illinois governor have had their lottery to determine the order they will appear on the ballot in the March primary. State Senator Bill Brady got the coveted first spot, followed by Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd), Senator Kirk Dillard and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner (ROW'-ner). Republican Peter Edward Jones will be listed fifth by virtue of filing last.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A girl who won't be old enough to vote for another 16 years has decided the ballot order for primary races in St. Clair County in southwestern Illinois. Eighteen-month-old Skylar Barnes drew lettered capsules from a box at the county clerk's office to decide the ballot order for eight races in the March primary.
CHICAGO (AP) - The home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks will be called the United Center for at least another 20 years. The teams, the arena and United Airlines have agreed to a new naming rights agreement. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
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