August 31, 2012

Arbitrator: Quinn, Prisons Violated Union Contract

Two major Illinois prisons and other facilities will stay open for at least another month after an arbitrator ruled Gov. Pat Quinn's administration violated workers' rights in rushing to close them.Arbitrator Steven Bierig concluded Friday that the state departments of Corrections and Juvenile Justice did not properly negotiate with workers over the impact of closing the supermax Tamms prison, the Dwight women's lockup and several juvenile facilities.


August 29, 2012

S&P Lowers Illinois Credit Rating over Pensions

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services downgraded Illinois' credit rating on Wednesday, citing concerns over the state's inability to address its massively underfunded employee pension plans.


August 28, 2012

Gov. Quinn Rejects Plan to Expand Illinois Gambling

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday rejected a bill to expand gambling in Illinois, including new land-based casinos in Danville and Chicago, saying the proposal lacked sufficient regulatory oversight.


August 26, 2012

Indiana Cracks Down on Unemployment Fraud

An Indiana crackdown on people who are collecting unemployment illegally has led to more than a dozen felony convictions so far this year, and state officials say they plan to keep up the heat.


August 25, 2012

Retirements Leave Gap at Illinois State Parks

Since late last year, almost a quarter of Illinois state park superintendents have retired, taking with them in many cases 30 or more years of experience that will be hard to replace.


August 24, 2012

Plans Underway to Help Farmers Secure Loans

The mortgage crisis and economic upheaval have made it harder for individuals and small businesses to secure loans. Now there is an effort in Illinois to help ensure that farmers affected by the drought can get one.


August 23, 2012

Illinois Workers to Go to GOP Convention over Jobs

Workers at a northern Illinois factory whose jobs are being moved to China plan to travel to next week's Republican National Convention in Florida to try once again to get presidential candidate Mitt Romney to save their jobs.

The Rockford Register Star reports that organizers of the 170 workers at the Sensata Technologies plant in Freeport say in a statement they'll travel to the convention in Tampa, Fla.

Sensata is owned by Bain Capital and plans to close the Freeport factory at the end of the year. Romney once led Bain Capital but was no longer running the firm when it bought Sensata.

Sensata employees in Freeport have tried since earlier this year to get Romney to try to change the company's plans or visit the town.


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