Katie Finlon / WNIJ

A task force created by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to figure out how to reduce the number of local governments in the state. That group voted Thursday to recommend restrictions on organized labor.

Members listening in via conference call heard an unexpected interlude.

The task force is made of legislators, mayors and a library trustee. During the meeting, they approved recommendations like incentivizing schools to consolidate and encouraging municipalities to share equipment.

Rauner Touts Labor Agreements Covering 500 Workers

Nov 18, 2015
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has reached four-year labor agreements with 11 unions and has criticized one of the larger state-employee unions for not doing the same.
 A spokeswoman for the Republican says the unions that agreed to deals announced Wednesday represent more than 500 workers. A statement says it brings to 17 the number of labor deals reached covering 5,000 employees.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Update, Friday 6:22 pm: Contract negotiations continue between striking Rock Valley College faculty members and the school's bargaining representative. They've been negotiating all day.

Classes are canceled for a second day at Rock Valley College because of a faculty strike. Now the college’s president is making a plea for them to return to work.

Chicago Magazine

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner reversed the appointments of more than a hundred people from the previous governor. That’s leading to uncertainty about who will head several state groups.

The governor gets to appoint people to lead state agencies, like those that control the highways. And he can appoint people to state boards - like those that control whether or not Chicago gets a casino.

Hundreds of people could be out of those jobs, even though Rauner could end up putting them right back where they were.

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.

Illinois reaches temporary deal with state's largest union

Jun 28, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois' largest public employees union have yet to agree on a new contract for 40, ooo state workers.  But they were able to temporarily extend the current contract, while talks continue.

Rockford Teachers Vote to Strike

Mar 26, 2012

Members of the Rockford Education Association voted Monday night to go on strike Thursday, March 29th unless there is a contract agreement before then.