In a victory for Gov. Bruce Rauner and his administration, the Illinois Labor Relations Board ruled in a 5-0 vote on Nov. 15 that the state and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have reached an impasse in their contract negotiations.
Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Nick Klitzing released a memo following last week’s election results detailing the challenges that now lie before House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) and the Democratic Party in the Land of Lincoln.
Terming the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) an “800-pound gorilla at the negotiating table,” the Illinois Policy Institute recently examined the relationship between the union and Illinois workers, suggesting that the balance of power tends to tilt toward the union.
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority released the Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) annual report this week, saying the prison-diversion program saved taxpayers more than $75 million over the past five years.
Naperville will see no lack of interest in filling four available City Council seats in the spring 2017 election, as five individuals — three incumbents and two new contenders — all declared their candidacies at the earliest opportunity.