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.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Organized Labor, Bruce Rauner
A bill that would allow Will County to continue to use the Prairie View Landfill in Florence Township for an additional 15 years passed the U.S. House on Thursday, with bipartisan support from U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, D-11th, and Adam Kinzinger, R-16th.
The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015, which has yet to be voted on in the Senate, included a provision inserted by Kinzinger and Foster that allows Will County to continue using the 455-acre dump on the site of the former Joliet Arsenal through 2041.
Categories: Local Issues, National Issues
Tags: Bill Foster, County Board, County Executive
The state won’t decide until at least late January whether to temporarily shut down a controversial railroad crossing in Elwood despite opposition from CenterPoint Properties, the developer of two nearby intermodals.
A series of Illinois Commerce Commission hearings concerning safety at the Walter Strawn Drive railroad crossing wrapped up this week in Chicago.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Will County, Wilmington, Elwood, Joliet, Infrastructure, Jobs
A key Chicago-area planning agency on Thursday agreed to keep the Illiana Tollway as part of the region’s long-range transportation plan despite strong opposition that it would be an overly costly “road to nowhere.”
As it did last year, the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Committee rejected opponents’ arguments and voted to keep the tollway in the updated Go To 2040 plan, which outlines about $360 billion in land use and transportation spending between now and 2040 in northeast Illinois.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Tags: Gov. Quinn, Governor, illiana
It has been a busy time at Workforce Services Division of Will County as a record number of job opportunities have been posted on WSD's job board.
"It's a very busy time right now," said Scott Kettman, Business Services/Special Projects Supervisor at WSD. "Which is an awesome thing for job seekers."
During the last full week in September, the agency's job board hit a record number of postings with the number of listings hovering around 250-plus. "Many postings need multiple people," Kettman said. "Some postings can mean 100 open positions.
Tags: Employment, Jobs