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U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Illinois Health Care Worker

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a major decision in the case of an Illinois health care worker who decided she did not want to pay dues to the SEIU, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

06/30/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers Get Details Of Pension Reform Plan; Could Vote Tuesday

Illinois’ legislative leaders briefed other lawmakers Friday on details of a breakthrough agreement for solving the state’s $100 billion pension crisis, leaving them four days to study the plan before facing a vote that could be crucial for the state’s financial condition and their own re-election plans.

11/29/2013

Union members from around the country rally at the Michigan State Capitol to protest a vote on Right-to-Work legislation December 11, 2012 in Lansing, Michigan. Republicans control the Michigan House of Representatives, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has said he will sign the bill if it is passed. The new law would make requiring financial support of a union as a condition of employment illegal. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

‘Right To Work’ Laws Unlikely To Make Their Way To Illinois Anytime Soon

In Illinois, Democrats – long supported by labor unions – have majorities in the House and Senate – and will have veto-proof majorities starting in January — and Gov. Pat Quinn also is a Democrat.

12/11/2012

Cash Register

Think Tank Cautions Against Raising State’s Minimum Wage

A pro-business think tank was warning that a legislative proposal to raise the minimum wage in Illinois would do more harm than good.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about the Chicago teachers' strike at City Hall, following a City Council meeting on Sept. 12, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Set To Shift Focus To Police, Fire, Transit Union Contracts

With the two-week trauma of the Chicago teachers’ strike now behind him, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has turned his attention to other labor challenges ahead. Police officers, firefighters, and transit workers are all either in contract talks, or getting ready to start negotiations.

CBS 2–09/20/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Conservative Group Presents Alternative State Budget Plan

A conservative think tank has proposed an alternative state budget that would cut wages for state employees by 10 percent; require retired workers to pay for their own health care premiums; and force local school districts to fund teacher pensions, instead of the state.

CBS Chicago–03/08/2012

Illinois House Floor

Lawmakers Push For Financial Impact Data On All Proposed Legislation

Illinois state government might be teetering financially, but our lawmakers continue to spend billions of dollars by passing legislation they sometimes might not even understand.

CBS 2–02/15/2012

Youth Connection Charter School Head of Schools Early King talks to a student in a program designed to give high school dropouts a second chance at a diploma. (Credit: CBS)

New Program Offers High School Dropouts A Second Chance

Traditional classrooms didn’t work for them, but hundreds of high school dropouts are now getting their diplomas a new way – on their terms.

CBS 2–02/09/2012

Money (CBS)

Report Claims Illinois Has Lost $26 Billion In Taxable Income Since 1995

A conservative think tank says the population exodus from Illinois to other states since the mid-1990s has cost the state $26 billion in taxable income.

CBS Chicago–12/21/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Watchdog: State Lawmakers’ Commutes Cost Taxpayers Millions

The Illinois Policy Institute, a government watchdog group, says Illinois state legislators could save the taxpayers lots of money on their personal expenses.

CBS Chicago–08/11/2011

Photo Of $20 And $10 Bills. (AP Photo)

Think Tank: Illinois Public Pay Scales Out Of Sync With Private Sector

A conservative think tank is warning that public sector pay scales are out of balance with those in the private sector.

WBBM Newsradio–07/20/2011

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Group Says Ill. State Workers Paid More Than Private Sector Peers

A free market think tank says pay for Illinois state workers has far outpaced private sector pay over the last 15 years and should be reduced as part of any serious efforts to balance the budget.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2011

The state of Illinois is paying millions to repave private parking lots. (CBS)

State Paying For Parking Lots Most Taxpayers Will Never Use

At a time when the state of Illinois is crying poor, taxpayers are forking over millions to repave parking lots for local governments and private entities. CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports.

CBS Chicago–06/17/2011

A man fishing. (Credit: CBS)

$365K In Taxpayer Dollars To Teach People How To Fish?

In his winter budget address, Gov. Pat Quinn pledged that “all unnecessary state spending will be eliminated.”

CBS 2–06/08/2011

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UPDATED: Education Reform Proposal Moving Forward

A major school reform package advanced in an Illinois Senate committee in Springfield on Thursday, with an unusual coalition of lawmakers, school districts and teachers unions supporting the measure.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Group Discusses Alternate Illinois Budget Plan

A conservative watchdog group says there’s a better way than Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed state budget.

WBBM Newsradio–03/08/2011