CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn last week signed sweeping health care legislation that dramatically eases the Medicaid funding burden on state coffers while defusing a fiscal threat posed to not-for-profit hospitals over their charity care activities.

"One of our most important missions in Springfield this year was to save Medicaid from the brink of collapse," Quinn said in a statement announcing his signing of the package. "I applaud the members of our working group and of the General Assembly, who worked together in a bipartisan manner to tackle a grave crisis."

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