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Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Now that a state board says there's no point to Gov. Bruce Rauner resuming negotiations with AFSCME, his administration is beginning to impose new terms on members of state government's biggest labor union. AFSCME, however, wants Rauner to return to the bargaining table. State employees across Illinois rallied for their cause Thursday.

Rockford Housing Authority leaders have a plan they hope will make the city’s public housing a better place for to live.

Officers from the Rockford Police Department patrol the city’s public schools. Now the Rockford Housing Authority wants a similar arrangement for its housing developments.

Like the school district, the housing authority would pay for the program: it would cost around $900,000 a year to hire and equip the seven member police unit.

Illinois is the nation's worst in reclaiming hundreds of millions of dollars in overpaid unemployment benefits, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.

The state overpaid a lot of unemployment money during the past four years: $714-million. And it only recovered 37% of that money. That’s the worst record in the nation. The national average is 66 percent.

Unemployment overpayments are benefits collected by people who aren’t eligible for them, whether done intentionally or as a result of not understanding the rules once they return to work.

Illinois Fraternal Order of Police

The Illinois Attorney General ruled earlier this month that private e-mail from Chicago police about the shooting of Laquan McDonald must be released. The president of a police organization says it brings more questions than answers about officer privacy.

Lisa Madigan said Chicago police officers must release private e-mails as requested by a CNN reporter back in January regarding the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Chris Southwood, president of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, says he sees no good coming from Madigan’s opinion from a right-to-privacy standpoint.

WUIS

Accessing life insurance benefits in Illinois will be easier, thanks to a new website and state law signed Friday by Governor Bruce Rauner.

What happens if a family grieving the loss of a loved one is owed life insurance money, but doesn't make a claim for it? In cases, the insurance companies held onto the money.

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