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State renews Get Covered Illinois PR contract

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has renewed its contract with the public relations firm that handled promotion of Get Covered Illinois in the first year of President Barack Obama's health care law.
The $25.6 million contract with St. Louis-based FleishmanHillard includes tighter controls over who gets paid at the highest rate of $282 per hour. The first-year contract drew criticism for its hourly rates when first reported by The Associated Press.
Get Covered Illinois' chief marketing officer Jose Munoz says Illinois "negotiated very aggressively" on who could bill the highest hourly rates. The new contract allows 16 individuals to bill at $282 per hour. That compares with 68 people who billed at $282 per hour last year in documents reviewed by the AP.
The new contract expires April 30.
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