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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)

Retired State Employees Contacted By Rauner Administration About Working In Event Of A Strike

WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports their union says that doesn’t bode well for contract talks.


Illinois State Capitol

Judge Rules Illinois Pension Overhaul Unconstitutional

Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ruled Friday in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the state’s landmark pension overhaul. The state is expected to appeal the ruling directly to the Illinois Supreme Court.


Illinois State Capitol

Unions Willing To Pay More To Keep Unions, If State Guarantees Its Share

State employee unions said Wednesday they’re willing to chip in more of their salaries toward retirements, if the state of Illinois guarantees that it will fully fund its responsibilities toward workers’ pensions.

WBBM Newsradio–12/19/2012

Illinois State Capitol

State Worker Retirements Surging Amid Pension Reform Talk

With state lawmakers trying to hash out comprehensive pension reform by the end of the year, Illinois state workers are retiring in record numbers to make sure they preserve their existing benefits.

CBS Chicago–08/13/2012

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (left) is up against Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (right) in his bid to avoid being recalled from office, in the wake of his successful push to essentially eliminate union bargaining rights for government workers in Wisconsin. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images and Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Wins Recall Election

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived a historic recall election on Tuesday, beating Democratic challenger and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in his bid to keep his job after his controversial fight with labor unions over collective bargaining rights.

CBS Chicago–06/05/2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Recall Election Ordered Against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

The elections board in Wisconsin has ordered a historic recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Renegotiation May Be In Order Over State Workers’ Raises

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says there may have to be some renegotiation with the union AFSCME over raises due 30,000 workers.

WBBM Newsradio–07/21/2011

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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

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Arbitrator Says Governor Can’t Cancel Raises

The state’s largest public employees’ union scored a victory on Tuesday in their fight to regain the 2% raises to which they’re contractually entitled.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2011

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees' logo

State Employee Union Takes Pay Raise Case To Arbitrator

A major labor union has asked an independent arbitrator to intervene in their dispute with Gov. Pat Quinn over his decision to cancel pay raises for some 30,000 state employees.

CBS Chicago–07/07/2011

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Ill. Workers Get More Time For Insurance Changes

Illinois has given state employees a few more days to make changes to their health insurance plans.


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Panel Approves Temporary Insurance Plan For State Employees

State officials say a new temporary health insurance plan for state employees will increase options and decrease confusion.

CBS Chicago–06/15/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Lawmakers: Blue Cross Insurance Plan Is Bad For Downstate Ill.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is catching a lot of heat over its tentative decision to award next year’s health insurance contract for state workers to Blue Cross Blue Shield.

WBBM Newsradio–04/28/2011

Dan Rutherford (Photo From Facebook)

Union Objects To Treasurer’s Pension Reform Plan

The union representing many state employees disagrees strongly with Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s plan to require state workers to contribute more to their pensions.

WBBM Newsradio–04/21/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Union Membership Way Up Among Illinois Employees

Even as the governors of Wisconsin, Ohio and several other states go after employee unions, a new report says union membership among state employees is growing in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2011

Wisconsin Protest

Wisconsin Teachers Angry Over Bill Curbing Unions

A showdown in underway in Wisconsin, as the state Legislature is expected to vote on a bill to strip government workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2011