Illinois' unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in more than a decade.

A revised report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Illinois job growth hit a high point last summer and surpassed its prior business cycle peak from September 2000. 

The Supreme Court remains divided in a major organized labor case over "fair share" fees that nonmembers pay to help cover the costs of contract negotiations.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials say the April unemployment rate dipped 0.2 percentage points to 4.7 percent. 

Legislation aims to improve working conditions for temporary workers as the need for them increases.

Union leaders say Governor Bruce Rauner's move to end negotiations with Illinois' largest state employees union is frustrating and capricious.

On Friday ... Rauner announced that he was seeking an impasse in talks with AFSCME after roughly a year of talks.
Public school teachers aren't directly affected.
But Dan Montgomery -- who heads the Illinois Federation of Teachers -- says some of its members do work for the state.
Mongtomery says it was a knock to labor, especially given that it happened heading into Martin Luther King weekend.

Illinois' largest public employees' union, AFSCME, and Governor Bruce Rauner continue be at odds over a new contract.

Governor Bruce Rauner lit a fire under labor unions in Illinois earlier this week when he suggested local governments -- like counties or cities -- should be able to implement their own right-to-work laws. Rauner went one step further Thursday, saying government unions should be banned from contributing to political campaigns.

Some labor unions are finding themselves on the same side as Illinois Republicans in fighting changes to Chicago employees’ retirement benefits.  

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Mar 19, 2014

Now that he's Republicans nominee, it seems like Bruce Rauner is backing away from a campaign mantra.