Gov. Bruce Rauner lit a fire under labor unions this week when he suggested local governments should be able to implement their own right-to-work laws. Yesterday, Rauner went one step further, saying government unions should be banned from contributing to political campaigns.
Rauner had largely been silent about unions since winning his primary campaign last March. In the general election, the candidate abandoned his talk of "government union bosses" who he says control contracts with the state, driving up the cost of business. But this week, that talk and phrase is back.
Gov. Bruce Rauner is criticizing the number of school districts and administrators in the K-through-12 system as too costly, but he is paying his top aides more than the people in similar positions received under former Gov. Pat Quinn.
Rauner is calling for a paring down of what he calls "education bureaucracy," citing the more than 850 school districts and 13,000 administrators in the state.
The governor said Thursday in Champaign that not enough of the state's tax dollars actually make it to the classroom.
The Illinois House voted to pass the rules for how the legislature will run itself for the next two years. But Republicans took issue with a few of the procedures.
Representative Ed Sullivan from Mundelein wants to extend the time period that information is posted online before legislators can debate a bill. The rules require only a one-hour notice before a hearing.
"I want to talk a little bit about the voice of the public, those that we serve, and what their voice is within the rules, and their ability to have more transparency."
Rockford’s police chief goes before the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners today. It’s the continuation of Monday’s meeting. That’s where Chet Epperson spent nearly seven hours defending himself against misconduct charges filed by the police union.
Members of the Kishwaukee College Education Association (KCEA) voted Wednesday to ratify their tentative agreement with Kishwaukee College. The college's Board of Trustees followed suit less than two hours later, unanimously approving the contract.
Bargaining teams from both sides agreed to this tentative agreement during an all-day bargaining session called on Jan. 19th.