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Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Business Owners Applaud Rauner’s Economic Agenda

A group of suburban business owners on Tuesday said Gov. Bruce Rauner is mostly hitting the right notes as he tries to move the state’s economy forward.

05/05/2015

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City Council Panel Rejects Rauner’s “Right To Work Zones” Plan

Chicago aldermen and labor leaders have answered a resounding no to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plans to create so-called “right to work” zones in communities throughout the state.

04/28/2015

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Emanuel To Rauner: “Chicago Will Not Be A Right-To-Work City”

Gov. Bruce Rauner has suggested creating so-called “right-to-work zones” across Illinois, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel and several aldermen have said that won’t happen in Chicago on their watch.

04/16/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia joins protesters demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage for all Chicago Public Schools employees and contract workers. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Garcia: ‘No Gravy To Go Around’ In Contract Talks With City Workers

Mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has scoffed at accusations he will be beholden to public employee unions that have backed him in his bid to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel, because of the substantial cash they’ve given Garcia’s campaign.

04/02/2015

Governor Bruce Rauner waits for the arrival of  President Barack Obama at the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on February 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama used the event to designate Chicago's historic Pullman district a national monument. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Rauner Orders State To Divert ‘Fair Share’ Fees From Unions

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, dogged in attempts to eliminate fees paid to unions by workers who choose not to join, has instructed state agencies to divert money from nonunion employee paychecks away from organized labor until a judge settles the matter.

03/20/2015

Illinois State Capitol

Union ‘Fair Share’ Dues Issue Evolving Into Lisa Madigan Vs. Gov. Rauner Legal Battle

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan moved Monday to dismiss a federal lawsuit Gov. Bruce Rauner authorized that challenges “fair share” fees collected by labor unions in the state.

03/10/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Unions Ask Federal Judge To Dismiss Rauner Lawsuit Over Dues

Illinois labor unions are trying to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner’s lawsuit over nonmember dues from potentially curbing union power nationwide.

03/06/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Unions Sue Rauner Over Order Blocking “Fair Share” Dues

Illinois labor unions filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to invalidate Gov. Bruce Rauner’s executive order ending a requirement that state workers pay union dues even if they don’t want to join a union.

03/06/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner: Government Union Donations To Elected Officials ‘Should Be Illegal’

Gov. Bruce Rauner, a close friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has suggested mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s relationship with the Chicago Teachers Union ought to be against the law. The governor wasn’t exactly singling out Garcia.

02/27/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Several Unions Line Up Behind Emanuel

Primary opponent Willie Wilson, an African American, said minorities have not benefited from the mayor’s tenure. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

01/29/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Seeking “Right-To-Work” Zones As Top Priority

“I’m not advocating Illinois becoming a right-to-work state, but I do advocate (for) local governments being allowed to decide whether they’re right-to-work zones,” he said.

01/28/2015

A school bus that was partly crushed by a section of a crumbling bridge has become the centerpiece of a nationwide push for Congress to pass a comprehensive highway funding bill. (Credit: Wendy Widom/CBS)

Unions Organize School Bus Tour To Call For Federal Highway Funding

Union laborers throughout the Midwest have joined the call for passage of a long-term highway bill in Congress; and they said it’s not just about jobs, it’s about safety.

07/11/2014

City Hall

Labor Unions Plan To File Lawsuit Against City Pension Reform Law

Labor leaders were planning to go to court to block legislation cutting pension benefits and raising the retirement ages for many city workers, and opening the door for a property tax hike to help pay the city’s share of employee pension costs.

06/10/2014

City Hall

Chicago Labor Unions Form Coalition To Protect Pensions

Chicago Labor Unions just announced a new coalition, We Are One Chicago, designed to defend the pensions of city employees and retirees, reports WBBM’s Kimberly Easton.

02/17/2014

Illinois State Capitol in Springfield

Unions Sue To Block State Pension Reform Plan

The lawsuit, which follows others already filed by retirees, argues the pension bill approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn more than a month ago violates a clause of the state constitution that says pension benefits may not be cut.

01/28/2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.  (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Governor Open To Limiting Police, Fire Unions

Police and firefighters were not included in the 2011 law that barred other public sector unions from collectively bargaining over anything other than base wage increases no greater than inflation.

07/30/2013

City Hall

Unions, Retirees Slam Mayor’s Plan To Cut Health Care Subsidy

Union leaders and retirees blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday for saving $108.7 million by phasing out a city subsidy for retiree health care and using roughly the same amount of public money to build a new basketball arena near McCormick Place.

05/16/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Senate Passes Union-Backed Pension Plan

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to send a union-supported pension reform bill to the House, leaving lawmakers with two competing proposals for dealing with the nation’s worst state pension crisis just weeks before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn.

05/09/2013

Illinois State Capitol

House Passes Speaker Madigan’s Pension Reform Plan

The Illinois House has approved a comprehensive pension-reform plan for the first time after years of talks.

05/02/2013

Illinois House Of Representatives

Cullerton Touts Pension Deal With Unions As House Committee OKs Madigan Plan

Labor leaders threatened a lawsuit Wednesday over House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension-reform proposal to lower the retirement benefits of public employees in Illinois, but a committee advanced the plan anyway.

05/01/2013

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