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Government
12:15 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Mayor Manier reacts to State of Union speech

Washington, Illinois Mayor Gary Manier was in the nation’s capitol for the State Of The Union last night.  He was the guest of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. The Central Illinois town was devastated following last November’s tornado. Manier says it was a thrill to see President Obama deliver the speech. But Manier says he was hoping the President would mention the state’s recovery efforts:

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Government
4:17 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

State lawmakers: new union deal could hurt Medicaid cost savings

This year, Illinois began a program to cull the state's Medicaid rolls.  So far, it has resulted in two out of every five recipients being dropped. But some lawmakers say a new agreement with a labor union jeopardizes further cost savings. 

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Government
4:30 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

State pension overhaul moving forward

Illinois' largest state government retirement system is moving ahead with implementation of the pension overhaul.   That comes even as unions are preparing a lawsuit.

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State News
1:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Pension lawsuit process could take years

Several state employee unions are expected to file a lawsuit right after Governor Pat Quinn signs legislation aimed at fixing Illinois’ pension crisis.  A University of Illinois law professor says that action will start a process that could last as long as two years.  John Colombo says any decisions will ultimately come from the state’s Supreme Court… but the process has to start in circuit court.  He expects unions to seek an injunction that would keep the reform plan from taking effect while the legal process plays out.  Colombo says a circuit court may or may not grant the injunction… but he says it would be hard to reverse a pension plan once it’s already in effect.

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Government
5:10 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

IL union suggests returning to old pension plan

Even as legislators look for new ways of combating Illinois' pension debt, the state's largest government workers' union says they should return to an old plan.

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Education
4:38 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

District 150 Board considering new school police union contract

The District 150 School Board will consider a contract next Tuesday with the district’s police union.  Members of the Police Benevolent Protective Local 114 have been working without a contract for the last three years, and had their title changed to school resource officers in that time. Union president Monica Wilson says the last contract with the district expired in June of 2010:

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State News
7:03 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Analysis: little savings in union-backed pension overhaul proposal

A state pension overhaul backed by government employee unions may save only half of what advocates had promised.  That underscores an ongoing battle between the House and Senate over pensions, with only ten days left in the legislative session.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports. 

There's general agreement on this much: that Illinois' public pension systems have $100 billion dollars in unfunded liabilities.  That's a fancy word that *basically* means "debt." It's a big number that's getting Illinois in trouble with bond houses and eating into the state's budget. And the House and Senate have different plans on how to drive that number down.

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Government
10:44 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State AFSCME deal could be null and void

Illinois' largest public employees union will take a new vote on a contract deal it had ratified in late February.

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Education
3:39 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Peoria teachers’ union president steps down

The newly-elected president of the Peoria Federation of Teachers says he's resigning the post.  Scott Donahue sent a letter to the district's 1,100 teachers saying he's stepping down as president because of health concerns. He says he has a family history of heart disease and he needs to take steps to prevent undue stress. Donahue says he will continue working at Von Steuben middle school.  He was set to take over next month as the union president.  Donahue ran unopposed and replaced outgoing president Bob Darling.

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State News
9:42 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Quinn, AFSCME reach tentative deal

  After 15 months of negotiating, Illinois' largest government-employee union has reached a tentative contract deal with the administration of Governor Pat Quinn.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says the specifics will be kept private for now: "It's a three-year agreement. The details are going to be reviewed by our entire rank-and-file membership. ... The ratification process will get started the week of this coming Monday, March 4." Published reports indicate union members would get pay raises -- even though Quinn declined to pay out some raises from the last contract.

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