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Feb

2019

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry announces expanded early voting options for April 2 election

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Will County Clerk Lauren Staley-Ferry recently announced expanded early voting options that will make it more convenient for voters to cast their ballots for the April 2 consolidated municipal election. 

Shorewood Village Hall, located at 1 Towne Center Blvd., will become a new location for early voting, according to a news release. It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday between March 18 and March 29. This location will serve only Shorewood residents.

The Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, located at 300 W. Briarcliff Road, which already is an early voting location, has agreed to expand its hours to include weekends and evenings during the early voting period.

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Feb

2019

Illinois Senate proposes $15 minimum wage

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Business interests are suggesting ways to minimize the impact of increasing Illinois' minimum wage while Democrats in the Legislature rush to send a plan to Gov. J.B. Pritzker. 

The Senate Labor Committee heard a measure Wednesday to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. It has been $8.25 since 2010. Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford hasn't fleshed out her proposal . But the Maywood Democrat says Pritzker wants to sign a law before he presents an annual budget in February.

 

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Jan

2019

State Central Committeeman Al Riley 66th Birthday Fundraiser

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March 20, 2019


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Bocce’s Bar & Grill


 3909 Lincoln Hwy, Matteson, IL 60443

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14

Feb

2015

A War on Workers in Illinois

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As one of his first official acts, the new Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, issued an executive order this week that would weaken state unions by barring them from assessing fees on some of the workers they represent in collective bargaining. Worse, the damage from the order could reach far beyond Illinois.

At issue are so called “fair share” fees. In a unionized workplace, a union must extend collectively bargained pay raises and other benefits to nonmembers. The nonmembers — about 15 percent of unionized state employees in Illinois — do not have to pay union dues or contribute to the union’s political activities. Instead, under the law in Illinois and in many other states, they must pay the union a fair-share fee, which is less than full dues, to cover the cost of collective bargaining undertaken on their behalf.

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Feb

2015

The dangers of Illinois as a 'right to work' state

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Gov. Rauner has asked state and local lawmakers to consider adopting union-free business zones. So let’s imagine Illinois as a “right to work” state.

First a clarification. The phrase “right to work” is a misnomer that has little to do with the right of a person to seek and accept gainful employment. Anti-union proponents use “right to work” to refer to an option under federal labor law that allows workers employed by a unionized employer to receive the full benefits of a labor contract without paying for any of the cost to gain those benefits. In fact, no employee anywhere in the country has to join a union and no employer has to sign a labor agreement.

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