Exelon's nuclear power plant in Clinton, which is currently slated to close in June 2017.
Wikimedia Commons
December 01, 2016

Last-Minute Exelon Subsidy Plan Goes To Illinois House Floor

An Illinois House committee has endorsed a late-hour compromise on a monstrous energy plan originally designed to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants open, potentially saving 14-hundred jobs in Clinton and the Quad Cities. A House vote is expected Thursday, the last day of the fall veto session. Sen. Chapin Rose of Mahomet credits Gov. Bruce Rauner with becoming part of the talks with energy officials.


Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents Carrier workers, and others can only speculate on how Trump managed to get Carrier to stay in Indianapolis.
Drew Daudelin/Indiana Public Broadcasting
December 01, 2016

Details Of Carrier, Trump Agreement Plan Unclear

The news that air conditioning-maker Carrier made a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep more than 1,000 jobs in Indianapolis came as a shock to Hoosier workers and business leaders alike. Trump pledged during his campaign to stop Indianapolis-based Carrier from moving manufacturing jobs to Mexico. After months of anticipation, the company has confirmed it’s a done deal.


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AFSCME
November 30, 2016

Lawmakers Ask Gov. Rauner To Resume Contract Talks

Nearly three dozen Illinois legislators of both political stripes are asking Gov. Bruce Rauner to resume contract negotiations with the state's largest public-employee union. Most were Democrats, but a couple of Republicans joined in.  A state labor board sided with Rauner this month that talks were at "impasse', meaning the governor can impose his terms. He did that a second time Wednesday in announcing an employee drug and alcohol testing plan.


Exelon's nuclear power plant in Clinton, which is currently slated to close in June 2017.
Wikimedia Commons
November 17, 2016

Changes To Measure To Help Exelon Plants

Illinois legislators have introduced a plan meant to save a pair of nuclear power plants. The measure, with a big hike in energy prices, has grown far beyond its original purpose. It's meant in part to save Exelon's nuclear power plants in Clinton and the Quad cities -- and many jobs in those communities.


AFSCME members protested at the University of Illinois in the spring.
Courtesy of AFSCME Local 31
November 14, 2016

Education Desk: Higher Ed Employees May Face Furloughs

As a state budget budget impasse continues, a new rule pending before Illinois lawmakers would pave the way for state colleges and universities to force employees to take up to three weeks off without pay.  The group representing civil service workers has proposed the measure.


U of I President Tim Killeen discusses the performance-based funding measure before university Trustees Thursday in Chicago.
Screen Shot/U of I Trustees
November 10, 2016

U Of I Trustees Endorse Metric-Based Funding Plan

University of Illinois leaders are backing proposed legislation that would tie levels of state funding with performance metrics like awarding financial aid, graduation rates, and holding down tuition costs. President Tim Killeen says the 5-year pact would guarantee ‘baseline’ state funding would increase by the rate of inflation during each remaining year.


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Wikipedia
November 04, 2016

Parkland College Plans Cuts To Non-Tenured Faculty

Administrators at Parkland College in Champaign are recommending the layoffs of a number of non-tenured faculty at the end of the school year. The news comes via a mass e-mail from Parkland President Tom Ramage, who says he can't be sure the state will provide any funding for community colleges in the coming year. The cuts are expected to be part of a November 16 Board of Trustees meeting.


Champaign Democratic Senator Scott Bennett
Bennett for Senate Campaign
October 27, 2016

Senator Bennett Faces First Election In 52nd District

This fall marks the first time Democrat Scott Bennett has campaigned for his Illinois Senate seat. The former prosecutor, who was appointed to the seat, faces Republican Urbana Alderman Mike Madigan on November 8. He says Governor Bruce Rauner needs to make more concessions from his 'Turnaround Agenda' as budget negotiations continue.


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