News Headlines – November 13, 2017

Last Updated on November 12th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

A high-profile U.S. Department of Justice official is scheduled to deliver remarks this week in Chicago, where he’ll address gun violence and street gangs. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is listed as the keynote speaker for the Chicago Crime Commission’s annual awards dinner on Thursday. He is the Justice Department official who wrote a three-page memo earlier this year criticizing then-FBI director James Comey. The White House initially held it up as justification for firing Comey.

Officials at the Abraham Lincoln President Library and Museum say they’re offering an alternative to Black Friday shopping. The Springfield museum is offering free activities the day after Thanksgiving, including face painting, balloon art, a hot cocoa bar and games. It’s being called “Fun Frosty Friday.”

Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner are trying to make sure that military members serving around the world receive holiday cards from people throughout Illinois. In a news release, the first lady is announcing the 2017 Holiday card Driver for the Military. She says that a card can remind service members that people back home are thinking about them.

Illinois Department of Insurance officials are quickly working to enroll residents through the health care marketplace in about half the amount of time as last year. The Southern Illinoisan reports that agency officials are adding 230 phone hours and touring 102 counties to help. Illinois is also partnering with GoHealth to show customers available plan offerings on and off the Affordable Care Act exchange. Open enrollment began Nov. 1 and will be six weeks long, unlike the 12 weeks last year.