Minimum Wage Increase Proposal Still Alive

Apr 19, 2017
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

A proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next five years is making its way through the state legislature.

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Any day now, Illinois will be surrounded by right-to-work states. The Missouri governor is expected to make his state the sixth to adopt such a law in the last few years.

Rep. Duckworth Joins Unions in Labor Day Parade

Sep 6, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio


Democratic US Senate Candidate and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth attended this year’s Labor Day Parade in downtown Peoria.

Duckworth, a Gulf War Veteran, was a pilot in the Army National Guard and  flew out of Peoria for more than 18 years. She says that makes the Peoria Labor Day Parade a particularly special place for her to celebrate the purpose of the holiday.

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.

Labor's Ire for Rauner On Display at the DNC

Jul 28, 2016

There’s been one theme that’s come up day-after-day at the Illinois delegation’s morning events this week in Philadelphia: Bruce Rauner’s stance on unions.

The Illinois governor has advocated for a number of policies in the legislature, in court, and in contract negotiations - that labor unions see as a threat to their very existence.


And this week - Illinois Democrats have heard about that fight over and over. Tony Arnold reports.



Illinois Democratic delegates have heard from - by my count - 20 union leaders during breakfasts this week.


And I can’t play you just one clip from one of these speakers to give you an idea of what they’ve been saying all-week-long about Governor Bruce Rauner. There’s just too much to pick from.


Members of the union representing non-tenure-track faculty at the University of Illinois went on strike Tuesday morning, launching a two-day work stoppage.  Union President Shawn Gilmore says  there's been a lot of support from solidarity partners, as Local #6546 seeks a greater voice for its members and longer contracts.

The union is trying to push the administration towards a quicker agreement on a first-ever contract for non-tenured faculty at the Urbana campus.


The union contract between WEEK/WHOI and its newsroom union employees expires at midnight Thursday, and the two parties have not yet reached an agreement.

The no-strike and no-lockout provisions of the contract are also void at that time. Gary Moore is the SAG-AFTRA Union Steward. He says the news employees are planning to be back at the bargaining table in April and will continue to make their case for a fair contract.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has so far focused his attention on business and union issues, and restructuring state government.  Things like workers' compensation, tort reform and legislative term limits. But what about his education agenda?

Before he was Governor ... Bruce Rauner was a wealthy private equity investor known in some circles for his involvement in education.

There's even a charter school named after him: Chicago's Rauner College Prep. 

He's talked about the importance of scaling back mandates on districts, increasing school funding, support for school choice.

Governor Bruce Rauner making an urgent appeal to lawmakers to uphold his veto of a measure he called the "worst" he's ever seen, on the eve of a possible vote.  


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

The Illinois House is planning a vote on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal to allow local governments to permit workers to opt out of unions.

A labor union wants the City of Chicago to abandon its legal defense of a plan to deal with its troubled pension systems.

A coalition of public employee unions says, it's ready to work with lawmakers to develop a "fair and constitutional solution" to overhaul the state's public pension systems.

A federal court-appointed monitor has recommended that the Illinois Department of Transportation clean up its hiring rules. 

Governor Bruce Rauner traveled outside Springfield Wednesday to continue his push to let voters decide whether to allow collective bargaining for local unions.  

A series of speeches around the state gave a preview of what Governor Bruce Rauner will say Wednesday for his first "State of the State" address. 

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.

Republican Bruce Rauner is out raising and outspending Democratic Governor Pat Quinn in the race for Illinois governor. Quarterly campaign financing reports were due Wednesday.

Governor Pat Quinn now has the support of the two statewide teachers unions. The Illinois Federation of Teachers endorsed Quinn Wednesday, despite the union's opposition to Quinn's ideas for pension changes.

Supreme Court limits power of IL home care worker unions

Jun 30, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is limiting the power of home care worker unions in Illinois.  

Towns across Illinois are paying more and more money into their local pension funds for cops and firefighters. But many are still seeing the financial health of those pensions get worse and worse. Unions and municipalities fiercely disagree on what caused the crisis and how state lawmakers should fix it. Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe reports. 

Illinois lawmakers still have yet to fund long-promised raises for certain state employees. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it’s affecting thousands of unionized workers.

The raises were negotiated under the Blagojevich administration, but it was Gov. Pat Quinn who starting in 2011 said he didn’t have the money to pay them. The AFSCME union sued, and a judge ordered the state to pay, with interest.

Pension plan could be nearing completion

Sep 5, 2013

Legislators writing an overhaul of the state's pension systems could be nearing the end of their work. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has the latest.                                                             

Feedback's been plentiful since late last month, when a draft of a pension plan drawn up by a bipartisan legislative committee was leaked.