Governor Rauner Says Negotiations Are Over After Union Threatens StrikeThe American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the state's largest employee union, voted to authorize a walkout on Thursday. Governor Bruce Rauner said they are at impasse and the union's actions are hurting taxpayers.
Gov. Rauner Blamed For Contract Impasse With AFSCMEThe Republican's administration says it's the union that won't agree to fair terms. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.
Rauner Gets Edge Over State Employee Union, Will Strike Follow?Gov. Bruce Rauner has scored a major victory in his battle with the biggest union of state employees.
Court Rules AFSCME Not Owed Pay Raises Without AppropriationThe Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former Gov. Pat Quinn was correct in 2011 when he denied state workers promised pay raises because lawmakers had not appropriated the money.
Rauner Asks Labor Board To Rule If Labor Talks At ImpasseRauner's request Friday opens the door for him to impose his own terms for a contract if the Illinois Labor Relations Board rules the parties are deadlocked.
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.