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AFSCME uses fake 'compromise' to set stage for state worker strike

Mailee Smith, Illinois Policy Institute Jan. 17, 2017, 8:03am

AFSCME – the state’s largest government-worker union – spent two years pushing for contract provisions that would cost state taxpayers billions. Now that the union has lost before the state labor board, it has issued a “framework” for compromise. But that “framework” is merely a publicity stunt to make the union appear reasonable while union leaders threaten a strike to obtain contract provisions that burden state taxpayers.

Appellate judges contemplating life of AFSCME contract, as troopers litigate similar claims in LeChien’s court

The Madison County Record Jan. 10, 2017, 2:19pm

Illinois judges continue to prolong the life of the contract that covers about 38,000 state employees in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Timing of LeChien’s TRO for AFSCME questioned by Rauner in brief to appellate court

The Madison County Record Jan. 3, 2017, 7:59am

MOUNT VERNON – Counsel to Gov. Bruce Rauner indicates the state may have been misled by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien when he preserved the status quo for state workers last month, according to a chronology that Rauner’s lawyer prepared.

Illinois losing 1 resident every 4.6 minutes, could fall behind Pennsylvania population

Michael Lucci, Illinois Policy Institute Dec. 21, 2016, 7:29am

Illinois has record loss of 114,000 residents to other states in 2016 as population shrinks by 37,500.

New report confirms need for lawsuit reform in Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Dec. 20, 2016, 6:57am

While many Illinois businesses continue to struggle, a new recently released report shows the lawsuit industry is alive and well in Illinois.

Fifth District directs LeChien to review order extending AFSCME contract

The Madison County Record Dec. 19, 2016, 10:58am

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien must review his order extending the union contract of 38,000 state employees in light of a state agency’s opposite decision, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Dec. 16.

Voters are fed up with judges and personal injury lawyers who ‘Game the System’

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Dec. 6, 2016, 9:56am

The 2016 Election is over and voters have rendered their verdicts and shown they want judges and legislators who will stand up to the personal injury lawyers and stop lawsuit abuse in Illinois.

McCarter: State's fiscal woes could improve if lawmakers were to lead by example

Andrew Burger Aug. 8, 2016, 9:20am

Illinois' budget deficit is forecast to double to $8 billion in 2017. There's no lack of proposed solutions, but Gov. Rauner and state General Assembly leaders can't agree on a best course of action.

Illinois has become a national punch line

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch May 25, 2016, 12:12pm

Chief Executive Magazine just came out with a report ranking Illinois the third worst state in the nation for business.

No exit strategy from Illinois budget standoff

The Madison County Record Apr. 14, 2016, 7:28am

Taxpayers must be vigilant in holding members of the Illinois General Assembly accountable, especially at this unprecedented time without a state budget and as we approach the new fiscal year. Now is the time that legislators could propose the most dangerous solutions to the state’s financial crises, including hiking the state income tax or imposing a new, devastating income tax on retirement benefits.

March Madness comes early to Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Executive Director Mar. 16, 2016, 8:18am

Sports fans everywhere love March Madness, which is appropriately named.

Rauner to lawmakers: Make a choice; Democratic leaders say little has changed

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Feb. 18, 2016, 6:45am

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his annual budget address Wednesday to put two choices before legislative Democrats who control both houses of the state legislature: The General Assembly can grant him, the state’s chief executive, the authority to make the cuts that will allow Illinois to spend what it’s bringing in, about $32.8 billion Or, Rauner said, lawmakers can agree to some of what he considers essential economic and political reforms and he’ll work with them on a combin

House Dems again pass arbitration bill, but remain short of veto override votes

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Feb. 17, 2016, 5:52am

SPRINGFIELD — House Democrats on Tuesday again passed a bill that could send the stalled contract talks between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state’s biggest employee unions to a panel of arbitrators.

Rauner’s lawsuit reforms will create jobs in Illinois

Travis Akin, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Feb. 11, 2016, 6:46am

By standing up to the personal injury lawyers and passing common sense lawsuit reforms, legislators will restore fairness to Illinois courts, stop lawsuit abuse, create jobs, and put money back in consumers’ pockets.

Rauner: CPS takeover plan lives; He predicts non-Chicago Dems will join in support

Mark Fitton, Illinois News Network Feb. 4, 2016, 8:36am

SPRINGFIELD — When the time comes, suburban and downstate Democrats will join him in his effort to have the state take control of Chicago’s debt-strapped school system, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday.

Bankruptcy considered as controversial option for financially stressed public sectors

Ann Maher Feb. 3, 2016, 10:06am

Facing $6 billion in long-term debt, solutions to the crisis facing the Chicago Public School (CPS) system are subject of fierce debate these days in the Windy City.

St. Clair Township Chairman supports government consolidation for Illinois

Emma Gallimore Jan. 18, 2016, 12:20pm

St Clair Township Chairman Robert M. Goins (R) told the Madison Record that he is behind government consolidation as laid out by the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandate’s Task force.

Obama calls on state lawmakers to end partisan politics and make room for real change

Emma Gallimore Jan. 14, 2016, 7:46am

Obama Speech President Barack Obama called for an end to partisan politics during a speech to the Illinois General Assembly on Feb 10.

Rep. Kay supports consolidation concepts laid out in state report

Emma Gallimore Jan. 11, 2016, 3:31pm

Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay told the Madison County Record that he supports consolidation recommendation put forth by the state’s Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force.

Illinois budget stalemate impacts state's drivers

Emma Gallimore Jan. 11, 2016, 3:26pm

With Illinois still lacking a state budget, the Secretary of State’s office has suspended the mailed license plate renewal reminder service, and encourages drivers to sign up for the online system.