unions http://wuis.org en Rauner: "I'm Not Anti Union At All" http://wuis.org/post/rauner-im-not-anti-union-all <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says common perceptions about him have it all wrong: he's not against unions and he doesn't want to take away public workers' pensions. Rauner was in Springfield Tuesday for a Sangamon County Republican Foundation fundraiser.</p><p></p><p>Unions worked hard to prevent Rauner from getting the GOP nomination --- and why not. He constantly talked during the primary about how "government union bosses" were to blame for much of Illinois' ills.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22599 at http://wuis.org Rauner: "I'm Not Anti Union At All" Listen To State Week - January 17, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-january-17-2014 <p></p><p>Among this week's topics: Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's statements on whether or not he used his clout to get his daughter into an elite school, Tio Hardiman's challenge to Governor Pat Quinn as the possible Democratic candidate for governor, and also new political endorsements from Illinois unions.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:16:29 +0000 Bob Meyer 17184 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - January 17, 2014 Madigan: Courts Could Pick And Choose On Pension Plan http://wuis.org/post/madigan-courts-could-pick-and-choose-pension-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois legislators may have passed a pension overhaul, but unions representing teachers and public employees have vowed to sue to stop it from taking effect. If they're successful, that could force lawmakers to go back to the drawing board.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:52:28 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14334 at http://wuis.org Madigan: Courts Could Pick And Choose On Pension Plan Strange Bedfellows Could Kill Leaders' Pension Deal http://wuis.org/post/strange-bedfellows-could-kill-leaders-pension-deal <p>Illinois legislators will be asked today (12/3) to take what many say could be the most important vote of their careers. They've been called back to Springfield to take up a measure that would drastically alter the state's retirement plans. Doing so would have obvious ramifications for state employees, teachers and university workers whose pensions are at stake. But the impact of a vote is far more widespread. What happens could also affect everything from the state's credit rating and Illinois' next budget, to the 2014 elections. The outcome is anything but certain.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:21:51 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14208 at http://wuis.org Strange Bedfellows Could Kill Leaders' Pension Deal Public vs. Private Job To Scrub State Medicaid Rolls http://wuis.org/post/public-vs-private-job-scrub-state-medicaid-rolls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois' attempts to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls are on hold, as Illinois and its largest public employees' union fight over who should actually do the scrubbing. The state says it will appeal a ruling that says it has to cancel its $77 million dollar contract with an outside firm.</p><p>Big changes are ahead for Medicaid, the state's health insurance program for the poor. Hundreds of thousands of residents are expected to be added to the rolls under the federal health care law.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 23:49:45 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 9072 at http://wuis.org Public vs. Private Job To Scrub State Medicaid Rolls Illinois House Approves Pension Overhaul http://wuis.org/post/illinois-house-approves-pension-overhaul <p>The Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday approved a <a href="http://ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=1&amp;GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=68366&amp;SessionID=85">massive overhaul</a> of state pensions. It's the first time the House has passed such a plan after more than a year of negotiating and many failed attempts.</p><p>Its also the first time Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, put his full support behind a specific proposal.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 00:09:26 +0000 Brian Mackey 2099 at http://wuis.org Democratic Leaders Backing Opposing Pension Plans http://wuis.org/post/democratic-leaders-backing-opposing-pension-plans <p>The Illinois House is poised to vote Thursday on an overhaul of the state's pension systems. The plan easily advanced out of a House committee Wednesday morning. But the Senate's working on different method.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday began with a widespread feeling that after more than a year of failed attempts to reduce the state's pension debt, House Speaker Michael Madigan's proposal might be it.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:27:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 2036 at http://wuis.org Democratic Leaders Backing Opposing Pension Plans Madigan Pension Overhaul Headed to House Floor http://wuis.org/post/madigan-pension-overhaul-headed-house-floor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois House is poised to vote Thursday on an overhaul of the state's pension systems. It would reduce state workers', teachers', and university employees' future retirement benefits. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he plan easily advanced out of a House committee Wednesday morning.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 16:56:03 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 2009 at http://wuis.org Madigan Pension Overhaul Headed to House Floor