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The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation that prohibits local governments from establishing "right to work" zones.

Rep. Bustos Endorses Pritzker for Governor

Oct 9, 2017
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Illinois’ 17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos endorsed Democratic candidate JB Pritzker in his run for Governor, Mon. His appearance at the AFL-CIO Labor Temple started 90 minutes later than scheduled, due to unfavorable flight conditions.

Two state workers who joined Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's lawsuit arguing labor unions shouldn't be allowed to collect fees from non-members say they're appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling that allowed unions to collect the "fair share" fees from workers covered by collective bargaining agreements. 

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The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics has released figures that show union membership in Illinois matched a historic low in 2016.  Union membership in Illinois accounted for 14.5% of the wage and salary workers in the state last year. That is down from 15.2% from the previous year and ties the historic low set in 2007.

An Illinois appellate court has temporarily barred Gov. Bruce Rauner from imposing his contract terms on the state's largest public employee union.  The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. The court issued an order prohibiting immediate action by the Republican governor.

With just one month until Illinois government loses spending authority, the state's political leaders remain sharply divided on how to unwind the crisis.

They've been clear about their positions: Republicans say no budget deal without first adopting the governor's agenda, which aims to help businesses, weaken labor unions and sideline long-serving politicians.

Democrats, on the other hand, have said state spending cannot be held hostage to such "non-budget issues."

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Public colleges and universities in Illinois will have the option of imposing pay cuts in the form of furloughs on employees, under a rule approved earlier today.  Jeff Brownfield, director of an organization representing civil service employees, fielded questions from a trio of lawmakers all asking the same thing: What about the labor unions? After the meeting Brownfield repeated his answer.

Governor Rauner Joins Labor Day Parade

Sep 5, 2016

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner joined a Labor Day parade today in friendly territory, west-suburban Naperville.  Rauner is not seen as a friend of organized labor.  But he got cheers at this heavily Republican parade, marching amidst the high school bands and dance teams.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says unions have been a crucial​ part of establishing a successful middle class. He’s against plans like those promoted by Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

Governor Bruce Rauner has spent more than a year promoting his business-friendly, anti-union Turnaround Agenda.  Now a group of community organizations and labor unions are offering a counterproposal. They call it the People's Agenda.

Bruce Rauner takes pride in not being like any of Illinois' previous governors.  A multimillionaire in his first public office, the former businessman stops at bars in the state capital and orders a lowbrow Stag beer. It's not unusual for him to be the worst-dressed man in a room.  

A case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court could affect whether labor unions in Illinois may continue collecting fees from non-members.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois won't help Chicago Public Schools avert a financial "disaster" unless Mayor Rahm Emanuel starts pushing some of the Republican governor's legislative agenda. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at lowering the cost of unemployment insurance. The bill is a compromise between business groups and labor unions. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke in public today for the first time since Tuesday's big summit with legislative leaders.  Rauner says he's not expecting quick progress in his standoff with Democrats in the General Assembly.

A public spat between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the state budget impasse, city finances and labor unions has hit a new level. 

Rauner's stance on unions just an adgenda?

Apr 2, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner has spent much of his first few months in office talking about labor unions. He’s shared not only policy proposals, but also his ideas about the history of the union movement. 

Chicago and Cook County officials are opposing Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to let local governments and voters decide whether workers should be required to join a union.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois must curb government-union powers and reduce spending on state workers' salaries and benefits.

Rauner suggests union-free zones

Jan 28, 2015

Some of Illinois’ largest labor unions are preparing for a fight with Governor Bruce Rauner.  They’re on the defensive after Rauner talked more openly about so-called Right to Work laws.

Attorneys for Illinois officials defend pension law

May 16, 2014

Attorneys for Illinois officials are defending controversial legislation cutting the retirement benefits of state employees. Unions representing those workers sued. They’re saying the pension changes are unconstitutional.

When lawmakers return to Springfield for their fall session later this month, they'll be weighing requests from several international companies that want tax breaks for keeping their headquarters in Illinois. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Governor Pat Quinn is throwing cold water on that idea.

Most of the tax-credit attention has gone to agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland, which wants up to $24 million to keep its global head office in Illinois. But lawmakers have also heard requests from Zurich Insurance, based in Schaumburg, and OfficeMax, based in Naperville, and there are others.  Gov. Quinn, however, says pensions need to come first.