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Lawmaker wants probe of $33M Ill. health campaign

NAPERVILLE — A Republican lawmaker has called for investigations into spending costs associated with promoting President Barack Obama's health care law in Illinois.

The Associated Press reported that a key subcontractor working on the "Get Covered Illinois" campaign was owned by three former aides to powerful Democrats.

They were among consultants whose hourly billing rate of $282 is raising questions about whether Illinois did enough to rein in taxpayer costs. Their firm could take assignments directly from Gov. Pat Quinn's administration under a provision of its subcontract.

Naperville Rep. Darlene Senger says Quinn's management of the campaign is "reckless and troubling." She's requesting state and federal probes into spending under the $33 million contract.

Illinois' top official for the campaign has said they're making sure there are legitimate justifications for every expense.

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