The Kewanee corrections site which Gov. Bruce Rauner is closing to young detainees will be converted to adult prisoner use.

The Republican's administration confirmed several lawmakers' announcement Friday that the 15-year-old facility won't be mothballed in July.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Nicole Wilson says the agency is just beginning to plan a transition as officials analyze best uses.

Rauner announced this year he would close Kewanee because of a declining population of incarcerated youth and a multibillion-dollar deficit.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow an arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall.

In his veto message Monday, the Republican governor called the bill “dangerous,” adding it would replace his bargaining power with a union-friendly arbitrator.  

Ruling Democrats can try to override the veto.

AFSCME's state council Executive Director Roberta Lynch says the bill is a compromise to avoid a strike.

Contract negotiations between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and a union representing Illinois state workers have reached the state labor board.

Both sides are making arguments regarding whether labor talks have stalled.

Rauner asked the Illinois Labor Relations Board to determine whether negotiations are at an impasse.

The declaration would allow Rauner to impose his own terms for the 36,000 members who the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union represents.

AFSCME Members Speak Out At DeKalb County Board Meeting

Apr 21, 2016

About a dozen members of AFSCME attended a DeKalb County Board meeting Wednesday to protest changes to health insurance costs in their current contract.  

Under their current contract, AFSCME members premiums could only rise a maximum of twenty percent each year.  The board wants to eliminate this cap, which union members worry could lead to an unlimited cost increase.

The state and the nation's largest union of public employees will head to court over an arbitrator's decision that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was within his rights to order the layoffs of more than 150 state workers last year.


The State Journal-Register reports that the state has gone to court in Sangamon County to uphold the ruling.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees plans to file a counter-claim asking the court to vacate the ruling.