40,000 state employees will show up for work today without a contract. On Tuesday, Governor Pat Quinn took the unprecedented step of terminating Illinois' contract with the state's largest public employees union, AFSCME. The contract expired in June, but the two sides agreed to multiple extensions as they negotiated over a new one.
Northern Illinois University employees received more than a traditional Thanksgiving greeting from their president in their inboxes this week: President John Peters also laid out a series of in-depth reviews the university is planning in response to several recent internal controversies.
The difference between Illinois towns that grew and those that faded away, many times, was the presence of a railroad. That’s according to historian and chair of Western Illinois University's Department of History, Simon Cordery.
Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey has commented on concerns about the city's police force through a news release. Dozens of people marched in protest this week over recent officer-involved shootings. Morrissey says the city supports the free expression of community concerns.