The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
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December 01, 2016

Stalemate Continues In Springfield With Schools Veto, Union Lawsuit

In a sign the stalemate in Springfield is as strong as ever, Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday vetoed a bill that had once been held up as proof he and Democratic leaders were capable of working together. The action leaves politicians divided and could leave the financially-ailing Chicago Public Schools short some $215 million.


Exelon's nuclear power plant in Clinton, which is currently slated to close in June 2017.
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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.
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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.


Logo for the American Federal of State County and Municipal Workers
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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.


Sign at entrance to Brookhill Golf Course
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November 30, 2016

Dissolving Rantoul Park District May Be Harder Than Backers Thought

One of the goals of Governor Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda is to reduce the number of local units of government --- which Illinois has more of than any other state. 

Voters in the Champaign County town of Rantoul approved the dissolution of one of those local governments in the recent election. Or so they thought.


The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield
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November 29, 2016

Automatic Voter Registration Proposal Dies In State House

An attempt to institute automatic voter registration in Illinois is dead. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner cited potential voter fraud when he previously rejected the legislation. Tuesday the House failed to override his veto.


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November 29, 2016

What’s ‘Run, Hide, Fight’?; Overtime Rules; Scholarship Donation; Reporting Sexual Assault Via App

On the 21st: We discussed what the slogan "Run Hide Fight" means and we heard how companies in Illinois are dealing with the back-and-forth on the new overtime pay rules. Plus, we discussed a scholarship donation to the University of Illinois and learned about a new app that aims to help students report sexual assault on campuses.


Proponents of immigration reform rallied in Chicago in 2010.
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November 29, 2016

Illinois Issues: Deferred Decision

More than 40,000 undocumented Illinois residents, who came to the country as children, are protected from deportation and are able to work under an executive order put in place by President Barack Obama. But during his campaign, Donald Trump pledged to “immediately terminate” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — often referred to as DACA. 


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Illinois Lawmakers
November 29, 2016

More Meetings On State Budget, No Apparent Progress

Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois legislative leaders are scheduled to meet to discuss the state budget on Tuesday. But after a budget meeting on Monday, even people in the meeting were not sure if any progress was being made.


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