A group of more than five dozen Illinois social service agencies have sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a collection of state agencies, alleging the governor’s decision to veto three appropriation bills in June 2015 has provided cover for the state to unconstitutionally refuse to pay them more than $100 million they are collectively owed for services rendered under contracts with the state of Illinois.
A personal assistant who seeks status as a state employee in two pending work comp claims, was a plaintiff in a recent high profile labor class action arguing for non- state employee status. The work comp claims brought by Stephanie Yencer-Price of Springfield are now central to a brewing legal and political battle between state leaders.
SPRINGFIELD — Another vendor says it may have to cut off service to the state of Illinois because the state’s inability to pay its bills is threatening the vendor’s ability to continue doing business. In a disconnection-warning letter dated Oct. 29, Southwestern Electric Cooperative Inc. told the state it is behind on its accounts. “As a not-for-profit utility, Southwestern … relies on its members to pay their bill so we, in turn, can pay our bills and provide power to 22,000 homes, hospitals,
State employees who failed to succeed with legislation placing their contract negotiations in the hands of an arbitrator now aim to achieve that objective in St. Clair County. On Sept. 17, they asked Circuit Judge Robert LeChien to maintain the status quo in litigation pending arbitration of the state’s authority to lay off employees.
State employee unions have returned to court in an effort to lock in continued pay for the fiscal year, get medical claims paid, stop layoffs and retain step pay raises and semi-automatic promotions despite lack of a contract. At the end of June, Illinois entered fiscal year 2016 without a budget and without new labor contracts, and its biggest unions sought to make sure their members in state government continued to be paid. The unions have so far succeeded in the courts, and their members co
SPRINGFIELD — State employees can keep getting their regular paychecks for the near future, another state court has ruled. In a ruling entered Friday, the Fifth District Appellate Court refused to overturn a circuit court’s order that state employees continue to be paid — despite the lack of a state budget — while those employees pursue a lawsuit.
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that state employees who work during a no-budget shutdown can be paid only minimum federal wage — $7.25 an hour — plus overtime. Munger, R-Lincolnshire, said she was disappointed by and respectfully disagrees with the ruling issued by Judge Diane Joan Larsen on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court. "My office will soon file an appeal to today's decision,” the comptroller said. Attorney General Lisa Madigan, D-Ch
Robert Scott Forbes of Alton has surrendered his law license amid charges that he misappropriated $9,324.66 from the state of Illinois and engaged in a pattern of misconduct to conceal his misconduct by making false statements to attorneys, appellate court justices and others, filing false discovery responses, fabricating documents and testifying falsely under oath.
Maag Four lawsuits over a new law that requires state retirees to pay premiums for their health insurance will be handled in Sangamon County.
Flint Forty-eight retired state employees filed a class action lawsuit last week in Madison County, challenging a new law that will require retirees to start paying premiums for their health insurance.
Madigan Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services in which the department claims a driver struck one of its vehicles, which was parked on the side of the road.