Illinois

State of Illinois

By the end of this month, Illinois state government will be back to having no budget. Illinois hasn't had a true state budget for a year and five months. Even so, there's some talk of trying to work ahead on a spending plan for the future. Anyone even remotely connected to state government will tell you that one of the most difficult parts of going without a budget for so long is that it's created tremendous uncertainty. That's what's behind Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno's recent...

Comptroller Susana Mendoza says state employees promised bonuses will now have to wait to receive them during the ongoing budget impasse. The office that controls Illinois' checkbook announced Wednesday that payments to social services and public safety come first. Mendoza, a Democrat, took office this week after ousting Republican Leslie Munger in a special election. The issue of bonuses emerged during the campaign. In October, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's office announced merit bonuses...

Jimmy John's

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Jimmy John's sandwich chain has agreed to stop requiring low-level employees to sign agreements preventing them from seeking jobs with competitors. Madigan said Wednesday the Champaign-based chain also agreed to inform employees that previously signed agreements will not be enforced, tell franchise owners to rescind existing agreements and pay $100,000 to be used for public awareness of legal standards for non-compete agreements. Madigan sued...

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan may not agree on much when it comes to the Illinois budget. But as they negotiate, both men apparently find it helpful to accuse the other of pushing for a tax increase. Rauner, Madigan and the legislature’s other top leaders discussed the budget privately in Chicago. After, Madigan said it will be difficult to pass any tax hike before a new crop of legislators are sworn in next month. "Gov. Rauner wants to do a...

A judge in southern Illinois has issued a temporary restraining order to keep Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration from imposing contract terms onto state workers. The order this week from Judge Robert LeChien comes after the Illinois Labor Relations Board last month issued an opinion saying contract talks between the state and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union were at an impasse. That ruling let the state impose final contract terms. The major public...

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