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Apr

2018

Tim Brophy nominated for Will County treasurer’s race

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Democrats have nominated former Joliet City Councilmember Tim Brophy to be their candidate for Will County treasurer in the Nov. 6 election, according to a news release Brophy issued Thursday.

Brophy was nominated to fill a vacancy on the ballot when no one ran for treasurer in the Democratic primary in March.

He would run against incumbent Treasurer Steve Weber, who was unopposed in the Republican primary. Democratic precinct workers still need to collect at least 1,202 petition signatures to put Brophy on the ballot, according to the release. The Will County Democratic Central Committee made the nomination when it met Wednesday.

 

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12

Apr

2018

Naperville-area women say work still needed for Illinois passage of Equal Rights Amendment

Author: Editor

As Naperville-area women celebrated the first victory in their quest to get Illinois ratification of the federal Equal Rights Amendment, they didn’t lose sight of the work still needed if passage is to be secured. 

The Illinois Senate voted 43-12 Wednesday to ratify the amendment to guarantee in the U.S. Constitution that rights can’t be denied because of a person’s sex. The measure passed with no debate.

“I haven’t touched the ground,” Naperville resident Beverly George said of the Wednesday vote.

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13

Dec

2016

The Trump Promise Tracker

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The Fact Checker is pleased to announce the launch of its very first presidential promise tracker: the Trump Promise Tracker.

Since the Fact Checker was relaunched in 2011, we had missed the start of President Obama’s term, and so it was too late to track his 2008 promises. But, with a new president, we can start afresh.

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump made more than 280 promises, though many were contradictory or just uttered in a single campaign event. So that posed a conundrum: What would be a good list of promises to track that Trump was really serious about? We did not think it would be fair to rate a promise that might have been tossed out without much serious discussion by the candidate and his staff.

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Feb

2015

A War on Workers in Illinois

Author: Editor

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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