Retired State Employees Contacted By Rauner Administration About Working In Event Of A StrikeWBBM's Nancy Harty reports their union says that doesn't bode well for contract talks.
City Retirees Blast New Health Care Premiums In City BudgetAs aldermen prepared to approve the mayor’s 2015 budget plan on Wednesday, retired city workers were complaining they would be hurt by health care premiums included in the spending plan.
State Prison Intake Center Is Focus Of Crowding DisputeInside what could be Illinois' most important correctional facility -- its main inmate intake center -- hundreds of newly convicted prisoners are sleeping in a gym, a health care unit, converted common spaces and "staging areas" next to bus garages after they arrive from county jails.
Will County, Employees Reach Labor Deal To End Strike: UnionAbout 1,000 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028 walked off the job Nov. 18 after 15 months of negotiations.
Quinn Administration, State Workers Agree To Tentative ContractThe union and Quinn's office had been negotiating for more than a year at a time when the relationship was already strained.
6 Illinois Prisons To Set Up Temporary HousingSecurity is being undermined at Illinois' prisons because of overcrowding and the need for space, a prison watchdog group said Thursday after state officials confirmed that six medium-security prisons would be using gymnasiums to temporarily house extra inmates.
State Prison System Takes Another Crack At Early-Release ProgramDemocratic Gov. Pat Quinn shut down the former program after The Associated Press reported that 1,745 inmates -- some convicted of violent crimes -- had been released within weeks or even days of their arrival at the penitentiary.
Quinn Files Appeal Over Worker Contract RaisesGov. Pat Quinn has filed an appeal over a Cook County judge's ruling that the state must pay wage increases promised to workers in 2011.
Judge Orders Quinn To Honor Contract RaisesA Cook County judge has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn must pay the 2011 wage increases promised in a contract with most state workers.
Union: Quinn's Unfair Demands Have Left Contract Talks At StandstillFirst it was Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the Chicago Teachers Union, and now, another prominent Illinois Democrat is in trouble with a public employees' union.
DCFS Workers Rally Downtown To Protest LayoffsA few hundred employees of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services rallied in front of the Thompson Center this afternoon, protesting layoffs at the agency.
State Agrees To Halt Transfers From Prisons Set To CloseThe state's largest public employee union has won a short-term victory, with the state agreeing to temporarily stop moving inmates from prisons scheduled to close.