Medicaid Purge In Illinois On Hold

Sep 18, 2013
state of Illinois

Illinois' attempts to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls are being delayed. It comes amid a legal fight between the state and its largest public employees' union over who should actually do the work.

Rockford Public Schools

Rockford school officials informed the union representing paraprofessionals and food service workers the school board will terminate union contracts next month.

AFSCME Local 692 represents paraprofessionals in Rockford schools while AFSCME Local 3210 represents food service workers. According to a release from AFSCME, the unions represent nearly 640 members.

Starting pay for Rockford schools paraprofessionals is $9.53 an hour; food service workers start at $8.43.

Tentative Deal Reached For AFSCME

Mar 1, 2013

After 15 months of negotiating, Illinois' largest government-employee union has reached a tentative contract deal with the administration of Governor Pat Quinn.


A state board that authorizes the closure of medical facilities has been urged to reject Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close Jacksonville Developmental Center. Quinn says smaller, community-based homes are better for the institution's developmentally disabled residents. But some parents say those group homes are not up to the job -- and there aren't enough of them in the area to accommodate all the patients at Jacksonville.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Two Illinois prisons targeted for closure will stay open for at least another month. An arbitrator ruled today that Governor Pat Quinn and his administration violated the rights of union workers by rushing the process.

Quinn halts prison inmate transfers

Aug 9, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn's administration has agreed to stop moving inmates out of prisons Quinn plans to close for now. AFSCME -- the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees -- says the agreement is an important first step.


A Cook County Circuit Court judge has decided to send a dispute between Governor Pat Quinn and major union back to arbitration.

Thousands of caregivers, child protection workers, and police officers represented by the AFSCME will hold a statewide “Day of Action” Thursday. The events will demonstrate opposition to Governor Pat Quinn’s budget cuts.  Employees of the Singer Mental Health Center will hold a protest Thursday afternoon at Rockford's Zeke Giorgi Center. The Singer facility is targeted for closure.

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