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Prison fence

State Prison Intake Center Is Focus Of Crowding Dispute

Inside 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.

12/27/2013

Will County workers on strike packed a county board meeting on Thursday as their strike entered its fourth day. (Credit: CBS)

Will County, Employees Reach Labor Deal To End Strike: Union

About 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.

12/04/2013

James R. Thompson Center

Quinn Administration, State Workers Agree To Tentative Contract

The union and Quinn’s office had been negotiating for more than a year at a time when the relationship was already strained.

02/28/2013

Prison fence

6 Illinois Prisons To Set Up Temporary Housing

Security 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.

02/15/2013

Prison fence

State Prison System Takes Another Crack At Early-Release Program

Democratic 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.

01/10/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Quinn Files Appeal Over Worker Contract Raises

Gov. 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.

01/09/2013

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Judge Orders Quinn To Honor Contract Raises

A Cook County judge has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn must pay the 2011 wage increases promised in a contract with most state workers.

12/07/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn

Union: Quinn’s Unfair Demands Have Left Contract Talks At Standstill

First it was Mayor Rahm Emanuel with the Chicago Teachers Union, and now, another prominent Illinois Democrat is in trouble with a public employees’ union.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2012

Employees of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services stage a protest rally outside the Thompson Center, to speak out against layoffs at the agency, which they say will hurt children. (Credit: Steve Miller, WBBM)

DCFS Workers Rally Downtown To Protest Layoffs

A 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.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2012

Prison fence

State Agrees To Halt Transfers From Prisons Set To Close

The 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.

CBS Chicago–08/09/2012

John Spires

8 Volatile Criminals Moved As Tamms Supermax Prison Prepares To Close

Eight of the state’s more volatile criminals were moved Thursday from the Tamms Superman prison downstate.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2012

A bank of computers at a Chicago Public Library. (Credit: CBS)

Monday Library Hours To Be Restored

Mayor Emanuel said libraries would be open full days Monday, beginning in with the fall school year, as a result of new staffing strategies devised by his new library commissioner.

07/16/2012

Gavel

Appeals Court Backs Quinn’s Move To Deny Workers’ Raises

A federal appeals court is backing Gov. Pat Quinn’s move to deny pay raises to thousands of union workers.

CBS Chicago–05/18/2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Chicago Workers Protest Gov. Walker’s Speech In Springfield

Dozens of Chicago union workers boarded buses to Springfield Tuesday morning, where they joined about 3,000 other workers protesting today’s speech by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

CBS Chicago–04/17/2012

Illinois Senate Chambers

Some Lawmakers Join State Workers Demanding Raises

Thousands of state workers are still fighting for the pay raises the governor canceled this summer, and some lawmakers are now joining the fight.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2012

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees' logo

Public Employee Union: Where’s Our Pay Raise?

Big corporations got tax breaks last year, and the state’s largest public employee union is still asking, what about us?

WBBM Newsradio–02/03/2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Illinois Union: Scott Walker Is Too Extreme For Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, the process of verifying signatures collected to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker begins Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–01/17/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Union: Quinn Is Striking Backroom Deals To Close Mental Health Centers

Leaders at the state’s largest public employee union are taking issue with what they believe are backroom deals being struck by Gov. Pat Quinn to close state mental health centers.

WBBM Newsradio–01/17/2012

Library Generic (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Union: City Can Afford To Maintain Library Hours

The union representing frontline library employees is all but rejecting a letter from aldermen Edward Burke (14th) and Brendan Reilly (42nd) asking workers to make a sacrifice to preserve library hours.

CBS Chicago–01/12/2012

Library Generic (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Aldermen: Libraries Could Stay Open Mondays If Staff Passed Up Raises

Two Chicago aldermen have a proposal to end the dispute over the closing of the city’s public libraries on Mondays.

CBS Chicago–01/11/2012

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