Public pension benefits gain on average public salary

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD – Pension benefits for public retirees in Illinois has now reached 60 percent of the salary equivalent of a working employee, and that gap is closing.
Research and analysis from the Daily Herald shows that in 2013, the average pension was just short of $31,674 a year for retired [...]

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The state is not a surrogate for the family

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

butter cow

BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD – My daughter tugged on my hand and said, “Come on Dad let’s see the Butter Cow.”
So we walked over to the Dairy Building at the Illinois State Fair and gawked at 500 pounds of butter sculpted into the shape of a life-size cow.
The bovine is encased in [...]

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End of some fair-share fees drains millions from union coffers

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Abuse of power, California, Connecticut, Health Care, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, News, Oregon, State Government, Supreme Court, unions, Washington  /  No Comments

THE FAIR THING TO DO: Unions in several states are notifying home and child care providers they will no longer charge fair-share fees for non-members.

A weeks-old Supreme Court decision freeing home-based care providers from paying union fair-share fees could cost two major unions tens of millions of dollars annually.

Notices going out in several affected states paint a grim picture for the coffers of Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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Illinois state fairs run by government appointees, lose money

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Illinois, News  /  No Comments

BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD – The long-time directors of both Illinois State Fair and the DuQuoin State Fair have a lot in common.
Both were disciplined recently for unethical conduct, both have operated their event at a financial loss and both come from political backgrounds with no professional experience managing fairs before taking their jobs with [...]

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Too much history of patronage and failure at the state fair

By   /  August 4, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

state fair

BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org
SPRINGFIELD – Twenty years ago the state implemented reforms designed to make the Illinois State Fair break even.
They failed. Big time.
The fair has been as sure-fired a loser as a kid playing a carnival game.
Well, maybe that’s not fair – every once and awhile, a youngster actually wins.
Not so [...]

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Workers’ compensation rate reductions draw praise from all sides

By   /  August 4, 2014  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

Workers comp

BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org
CHICAGO – The consensus is in and there is broad support behind Illinois’ new workers’ compensation reform efforts.
Governor Quinn announced late last week that the National Council on Compensation Insurance has requested a lower workers’ compensation rate in the state. The NCCI recommends a 5.5 percent decrease in the [...]

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