IL governor joins fight against mandatory union dues

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Illinois, Labor, National, News  /  No Comments

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an executive order Monday continuing a national trend toward letting workers choose whether to pay labor unions.

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Hopes for U.S. clean coal may rest on costly Mississippi project

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Illinois, Mississippi, News, West Virginia  /  No Comments

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The Kemper County energy facility in Mississippi may be the last best hope for carbon capture storage in the United States.

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Senate passes minimum wage hike by 2019, bill would push it to $11 hourly

By   /  February 6, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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Illinois State Senate Democrats passed a bill Thursday to increase the minimum wage to $11 by 2019. Republicans opposed the measure, saying it was hasty and its sponsors should have worked with Gov. Bruce Rauner on the matter. The bill now moves to the House.

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Rauner bold in first big speech and he’s not making up with organized labor

By   /  February 5, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

Lesley Nickus, Illinois News Network

Declaring this the “last best chance to get our house in order” Gov. Bruce Rauner laid out an ambitious agenda Wednesday that called for improving the state’s business climate while reducing the power of organized labor.

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Manar rolls out changes to School Funding Reform Act

By   /  February 4, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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A downstate legislator wants to make the state’s school funding formula need-based, but he and allies are facing challenges including a lack of visible Republican support and desire for more than $500 million more for schools in a cash-strapped budget year.

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Governor’s mansion repair bid opens discussion on prevailing wage

By   /  February 4, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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The Illinois governor’s mansion has a roof that leaks, a basement that floods, an elevator that doesn’t move and a repair bill that may be too high.

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