From the American Medical News: "Two Illinois towns take tort reform into their own hands," by Tanya Albert. The measures by Carbondale and Marion impose caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. According to the article:
No one is certain that the measures -- believed to be the first of their kind -- would hold up before the Illinois Supreme Court, which in the 1990s struck down a state law that capped noneconomic damage awards.
But physicians say it is a relief to have their local elected officials take their plight seriously and at least try to do something to help them, even if the court ultimately strikes it down.
If these cities really want to work a miracle, they ought to find a Republican candidate for Senate. Illinois Republicans still don't have anyone to run against Barack Obama.