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(Springfield, IL)  --  A push to override the governor's veto on a plan to extend the Health Alliance insurance contracts for state employees failed in the Senate yesterday.  Champaign Senator Michael Frerichs says the fight isn't over. 

[audio:rddFrerich1.mp3]Senator Frerich[/audio]

Governor Quinn vetoed the proposal that would've allowed the extension earlier this year.  A motion to override the veto fell short by eight votes.  Thirteen senators who originally voted for the plan switched their votes yesterday.  A temporary contract is in place until June 30th of next year - so Frerichs says employees should not be worried or concerned about their coverage.  A lawsuit over the health contracts is pending in the Sangamon County Circuit Court.

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