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.
Rhetoric Heats Up Over Illinois State Pension BenefitsIllinois House Republicans voted unanimously to make it harder to increase state worker pension benefits.
Fact Check: Quinn's Plan To Move Illinois FacilitiesMost advocates for the disabled back the plan but wonder whether sick or disabled people will get necessary care.
Lawsuit Looming on Illinois LayoffsA new lawsuit could be on the horizon, given the governor’s actions Thursday to begin the process to close seven state facilities and lay off nearly 1,938 state workers.
Arbitrator: Illinois Must Pay RaisesArbitrator rules Gov. violated union contract