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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

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

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Lawmakers Warned About State’s Fiscal Cliff

Congress isn’t the only government body facing a “financial cliff.” Illinois lawmakers also are being warned about the state’s dire financial situation, which could get even worse if the federal government has to slash funding to the states.

WBBM Newsradio–11/15/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Angry Union Protest Prompts Quinn To Cut Short State Fair Rally

Gov. Pat Quinn received anything but a warm welcome at the Illinois State Fair on Wednesday, when a huge crowd of union protesters booed the governor as he took the stage.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2012

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

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 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

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Madigan Seeks More Control For Lawmakers In Workers’ Collective Bargaining

State lawmakers would have more control in collective bargaining for state workers under a proposal introduced by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago).

WBBM Newsradio–10/26/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Judge Rules Against State Workers In Dispute Over Pay Hikes

A federal judge has ruled against state employees in a dispute over whether Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel raises promised in union contracts.

09/08/2011

Illinois State Seal

Current Health Benefits Extended For State Workers

Health insurance benefits have been extended for state workers.

WBBM Newsradio–08/18/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Defends Push To Block Worker Pay Raises

Governor Pat Quinn continues to defend his efforts to block a negotiated pay raise for state employees.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2011

Gov. Pat Quinn

Quinn Fighting To Cancel Raises For State Workers

Gov. Pat Quinn says he will fight to cancel pay raises for nearly 30,000 state workers, and he will go to court, if necessary, to do so.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2011

Illinois State Capitol

Retired State Workers May Have To Pay For Health Care

Illinois lawmakers may consider steps to reduce the cost of health care for retired state workers.

WBBM Newsradio–01/24/2011