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)

Judge Overturns Gov. Rauner’s Order Restricting Union Dues

A judge has issued an order requiring Illinois government agencies to immediately reinstate mandatory union dues for nonmembers.


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 Order: State Workers Don’t Have To Pay Union Dues

State workers who do not agree with their union’s political activities would not have to pay dues under an executive order signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.


Walmart workers protest (Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Americans Failed Walmart Workers

After all the hype regarding Walmart employees’ discontent with their employer and the threat of a strike on Black Friday, the long holiday weekend was saw banner sales and virtually no protest at Walmarts.


(Photo: Publicity shots of Dick Devos, union opponent, and James P. Hoffa, union organizer)

Digital Debate: Teamster’s Hoffa & Amway Heir DeVos: Clash Over Unions!

James P. Hoffa and Dick DeVos have vastly differing views of unions, which is why in this heated political climate battles are raging across America over unions in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, California and other states, the two took time to participate in CBS Local Digital Debate.


President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. (Getty Images/Luke Sharrett and Joe Raedle)

CBS Local Presidential Forum Obama/Romney: Square Off Over Education and Energy

Today on the CBS Local forum, Romney and Obama were asked: What will you do to make the U.S. more energy independent?


President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. (Getty Images/Luke Sharrett and Joe Raedle)

CBS Local Presidential Forum Obama/Romney: Debating Cities and Education

When it comes to America’s future, the issue of education rises to the top for many which is why Obama and Romney were asked to weigh in on it as well.


Mitt Romney (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Opinion: Romney’s Move To The Middle Is Nothing More Than Baseless Rhetoric

Why is Mitt Romney, the severely Conservative candidate for president, all of a sudden moving to the middle?


An NFL referee (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Opinion: The NFL Is Ruining Its Own Brand With Cheap Replacement Refs

Want to know what a company looks like when it fires all its experienced workers and hires on cheap replacements? Watch last night’s embarrassment of a game between Green Bay and Seattle. But this is about more than just a game. This is about a trend in our national economy where trained professionals are cast aside for inferior workers.


A doctor wears a stethoscope during an examination (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Opinion: A Doctor’s Opinion Of Obamacare

Good, hard-working Americans shouldn’t be forced to contemplate leaving their chosen profession as they are with federal laws such as Obamacare.


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

Indiana State House

Indiana Poised To Pass Right-To-Work Law

Indiana is now poised to become the first right-to-work state in the nation’s industrial belt.

CBS Chicago–01/26/2012

CTA Cermak Stop

CTA To Hold Last Public Hearing On Budget

Chicago Transit Authority bus and train riders have one final chance to weigh in on the new budget for the agency.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2011

McCormick Place Meeting

Officials Discuss How To Keep Chicago Conventions Competitive

Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other elected leaders met Tuesday to talk about ways to make shows at McCormick Place less costly in the face of recent court rulings.

CBS Chicago–07/26/2011

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

McCormick Place

Shows Will Flee McCormick Place Over Work Rules

Court filings submitted by customers of Chicago’s McCormick Place say removal of labor reforms put in place by the Illinois Legislature could prove devastating for the convention center.


Haymarket Sculpture

125th Anniversary Approaching For Haymarket Riot

This weekend, Chicagoans will observe the 125th anniversary of the notorious Haymarket Affair, and commemorations are planned.

CBS Chicago–04/28/2011

CTA Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Rough Negotiations Ahead For CTA, Unions

Members of the incoming Emanuel administration are hinting at tough contract negotiations ahead at the Chicago Transit Authority.

CBS Chicago–04/20/2011

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

Ind. Prosecutor Quits After E-Mails About Wis. Protesters

A lawsuit that led to the release of hundreds of e-mails to Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker has resulted in the resignation of a prosecutor in Indiana.

CBS Chicago–03/25/2011