Gov. Bruce Rauner followed the rules when he named Deborah Simpson and Lenore "Elizabeth" Coppoletti to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC) recently, but a Chicago law firm decried what it sees as a "secret" process that leaves the public out of the picture.
A minimum wage increase could force businesses to falter, neighborhoods to fall apart and skilled workers to flee the state, a group of opponents to raising the wage argued in front of an Illinois House panel recently.
To thwart potential economic issues for union workers in the face of a possible impending large-scale AFSCME strike, Governor Bruce Rauner recently launched a website intended to aid laborers should they forfeit their current jobs.
A strike authorization vote by AFSCME members resulted in only 49 percent voting to authorize a strike, not the 81 percent of members that Executive Director Roberta Lynch announced at a press conference on Feb. 23.