Volunteers dig for Civil War-era artifacts at the former Camp Douglas. (CBS)

Your Chicago: Camp Douglas, A Civil War Historic Site

The South Side encampment was named after 19th Century Illinois politician Steven Douglas and was one of the most important Union camps during the Civil War. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.


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 Appearance Met With Pro-Union Demonstrators

(CBS) — As several hundred protesters chanted outside an Elgin restaurant Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner told supporters inside that he is ready to do battle with Illinois’ public employee unions. Rauner said he is not […]


Lyons Police patch.  (Credit: Lyons Police Department Website)

Lyons Police Force Will Cut Department By One-Third: Union

It would be a bitter turn in labor negotiations that have been stalled since December. The village says it doesn’t have the money to meet the union’s demands. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


Kain Colter. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Baker’s Dozen: It’s Time To Pay The Collegiate Workforce

Northwestern football seeking to unionize is the right move.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2014

Fire Graphic

Extra-Alarm Union Barn Fire Under Control, But Still Burning

A five-alarm barn fire that has been burning since Tuesday evening in northwest suburban Union is under control early Wednesday, although it could take up to two days for crews to completely extinguish it.


Ventra reader (CBS)

CTA Union: Ventra System Allowing Commuters To Ride For Free

A union official on Thursday showed reporters a photograph of a Ventra card that worked –- despite having a negative balance of $272.50.


The Schiller Park factory that made Twinkies is back in production. (CBS)

Revamped Hostess Cranking Out Twinkies, With Reduced Work Force

The cream-filled sponge cakes are back in a big way after Hostess filed for bankruptcy amid a labor dispute with its workers. CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports.



Chicago Charter School Teachers Push To Form Union

At most charters, teachers are non-union. Now, labor is making a push to unionize teachers at one of Chicago’s biggest charter networks, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.



South Suburban Sewer Workers Go On Strike

The workers who take care of the sewer system for more than 100,000 people in Chicago Heights, Homewood, Steger and Crete are on strike.


North Michigan Avenue. (Credit: Greater North Michigan Avenue Association)

Union Supporters Protest Illinois Minimum Wage

Union supporters took to the streets today to demand an increase in the state’s minimum wage.


Laura Garza of the SEIU wants the O'Hare janitorial contract investigated.

Janitors’ Union Calling for Investigation of City Contract

The SEIU wants Lisa Madigan to investigate potential mob ties to United Maintenance.


Workers prepare Hostess Twinkies for packaging at the Interstate Bakeries Corporation facility April 20, 2005 in Schiller Park. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Twinkies Could Disappear If Hostess Liquidates Amid Labor Strife

The flagship Hostess product, the Twinkie, was invented by Schiller Park bakery manager James Dewar in 1930 under a precursor company, Continental Baking Co.


President Barack Obama delivers his victory speech after being reelected for a second term at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Illinois Residents Join Secession Petition Trend

At least seven states have filed petitions asking to secede from the union–enough to require a response from the White House, anyway.


Gov. Pat Quinn

Battle Over Prison Shutdowns Continues

The battle goes on over Gov. Quinn’s plan to close seven correctional facilities as a money saying measure


Comcast workers in Romeoville will vote on whether to unionize next month. (CBS)

Comcast Workers In Romeoville May Unionize

Comcast employees in one southwest suburb say they want better working conditions under the national cable giant. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley presents an Original Report.


Gov. Pat Quinn

Amid Union Protest, Quinn Breaks Ground On Joliet Transportation Center

Unionized state workers upset over state cutbacks tried to disrupt the governor today at the ground-breaking for a project preparing for high-speed rail in Joliet.


Empty Classroom

Teacher Contract Talks Continue Amid Worries Over Strike

If a deal is not hammered out, teachers could walk off the job as soon as Sept. 10.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses new nursing education programs at a news conference at Malcolm X College on Tuesday. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

City Hall Reaches Contract Deal With Safety Workers

The Emanuel administration has reached a four-year labor agreement with the unions representing some 2,100 public safety workers


Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Teachers To Rally Over Contract Snag

Upset with contract talks, the Chicago Teachers Union says it’s planning a big rally to show unity.


John Pallohusky, the former head of the Chicago Police Sergeants Association, has pleaded guilty to a charge of theft for embezzling more than $1 million from the union. He’s been suspended without pay from the department since his 2009 arrest. (Credit: Chicago Police Sergeants Association)

Former Cop Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $1M From Union

The former president of the Chicago police sergeants’ union has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million in union dues to pay for a lavish lifestyle, including a house in the Edgebrook neighborhood.

CBS 2–04/17/2012