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Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to better protect state workers in vulnerable jobs after the death of a child-welfare worker was beaten last fall.

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. 

The Illinois Supreme Court won't immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan's appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse.  Justices denied Madigan's request to bypass the appellate court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

Rauner Takes AFSCME to State Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking his fight with Illinois’ biggest government labor union to the state Supreme Court. 

Politicians of all parties often sidestep awkward questions.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner followed that tradition during a stop at Heartland Community College in Normal on Wednesday.

A Springfield medical group is requiring patients insured by the state to pay half of their expected surgery bills up front.  The requirement from the Orthopedic Center of Illinois comes at a time when payments for the care of state workers, retirees and dependents insured through the State Employees' Group Insurance Program total $3.66 billion, and are overdue a year and a half or more.  Those delays have grown amid the lack of a permanent state budget.

The union that’s representing 30,000 state workers is suing Governor Bruce Rauner.  It filed a lawsuit late yesterday in Saint Clair County circuit court.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says Rauner is starting to implement a new state contract before the law allows.

State workers suing to put an end to mandatory union dues will appeal a judge's order dismissing their case.  That's according to their attorney, Jacob Huebert, who is with the conservative-supported Liberty Justice Center.  

House Speaker Michael Madigan says he's open to considering a new pension overhaul and is "anxious" to see legislation.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration is outlining a new compensation system for state workers that includes merit pay and bonuses for employees who save taxpayers money.

The absence of a state budget hasn't kept Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and other Illinois agencies from hiring more workers. 

Legal dispute over state workers' pay continues

Jul 13, 2015
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The legal dispute continues this week over what Illinois state workers should be paid. It’s the latest issue to be caught in the wide-ranging web of consequences resulting from having no state budget. Illinois Public Radio’s Tony Arnold reports.

While dozens of human service providers are left hanging in the wind, unsure what kind of state support they’ll get, state employees find themselves in a similar boat. Last week, a Cook County judge said employees shouldn’t get a salary since the state doesn’t have a spending plan. An appeal to that ruling is quickly moving forward. And another judge downstate gave a different opinion siding with unions, saying state employees could get paid.


  CHICAGO (AP) - State workers who are likely to miss paychecks during an ongoing budget standoff will be able to get interest-free loans to help pay their bills. Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs is scheduled to announce a partnership with the Illinois Credit Union League on Thursday. Frerich's office says the loans will help ensure state workers have financial options should they not be paid. Illinois started a new fiscal year July 1 without a budget in place, and lawmakers remain deadlocked on a spending plan. On Tuesday a Cook County Judge ruled that without spending authority, the Il

The Illinois Supreme Court has struck down legislation that tried to cut retirement benefits for thousands of state workers. 

Legislation to provide $63 million in back wages owed to state workers is heading to the Illinois Senate.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is proposing a new overhaul to Illinois' underfunded pension system that he says could save more than $2 billion. Rauner says reducing pension costs must be Illinois' top priority. 

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

Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign rhetoric was a turnoff for Illinois' public employee unions; he continually blamed "union bosses" for contributing to the state's financial woes. Now Rauner's making direct appeals to workers.

Supreme Court Will Fast Track Pension Case

Dec 11, 2014

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear a quick appeal of the pension reform law dispute. Justices say they want to see briefs submitted by January 12th, responses by February 27th, and oral arguments set for the March term.

The department in charge of state employee benefits says Illinois is more than a billion dollars behind on its health insurance payments. IPR’S Chris Slaby reports.

Doctors have to wait as long as a year after they provide health care to a state worker before they're reimbursed by the state. Marcia Armstrong is a liaison between the state's Central Management Services and the Illinois legislature. She says the insurance backlog totals one-point-six billion dollars now -- and could jump another 200-million by the summer.

New proposal would make income tax increase permanent

Feb 20, 2013

The Illinois income tax increase would be made permanent in the latest proposal to fix the state's underfunded pension systems. The increase, from 3 percent to 5 percent, was set to begin easing back in 2014.

But Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, says the state can't afford that. He says Illinois taxpayers didn't create the pension problem, but it's a problem they're stuck with.