Ill. Supreme Court: No Raises for AFSCME WorkersQuinn withheld $75 million owed under the AFSCME contract in July 2011 because the budget lawmakers sent him did not have an appropriation to cover the 2 percent pay raise.
Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner Budget Address: 'Choose Now.'Rauner's budget with cuts would be $32.8 billion, because the state doesn't have enough revenue to match a $36 billion spending plan.
Rauner Asks Labor Board to Rule if Union Talks at ImpasseThe acidic word-war between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the union members who staff state government took a formal turn Friday.
Rauner Administration Leaves AFSCME Bargaining TableAFSCME Council 31 is the state's largest public-sector workers' union, representing about 36,000 state employees.
Republicans Cry Foul at Illinois Budget Talks"When this budget is tallied up, and we have an ability to examine it, you will see spending increase by almost $2 billion."
AFSCME Threatens Strike in IllinoisUnion represents 40,000 workers throughout state. It's previous contract expired last summer.
Illinois Terminates Contract with AFSCMEThe Quinn administration has terminated the contract between the state of Illinois and its largest public employee union.
Illinoisans To Decide On Constitutional Amendment Next TuesdayA constitutional amendment is on the ballot which, if it passes, would require a three-fifths vote from the governing body to increase benefits.
Judge Extends Order Barring Illinois Prison ClosuresAssociate Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness issued the order from Alexander County, home of the Tamms Prison.
Laborers Criticize Quinn Ahead of DNC Speech“I’m sure his performance will not match his rhetoric at the convention,” says Henry Bayer, head of AFSCME Council 31.
Arbitrator: Quinn, Prisons Violated Union ContractTwo major Illinois prisons and other facilities will stay open for at least another month after the arbitrator's ruling.
Judge Extends Halt of Transfers From TammsGov. Pat Quinn has sought to close the state's only supermax prison at Tamms, a women's lockup at Dwight and various other corrections sites.