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8

Feb

2015

Gov. Rauner wants Illinois to have right-to-work zones, which unions decry

Author: Editor

As Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner sets his sights on limiting the influence of unions in Illinois, he's pushing an idea he's dubbed "empowerment zones" — areas across the state where voters could decide if workers in their communities should be forced to join a union or pay associated dues.

It's a variation of what is more commonly called "right to work" — rules put in place at a statewide level to prevent unions from requiring workers who decline membership to pay related fees to cover the cost of collective bargaining they still benefit from. The concept, which generally applies to private-sector unions, has gained traction among conservative politicians across the nation as states try to spur economic growth following a brutal recession that saw businesses close and tax dollars dry up.

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6

Feb

2015

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

Author: Editor

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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27

Dec

2014

‘Man in recovery’ not slowing down in heroin battle

Author: Editor

When I caught up with Tim Ryan, the recovering heroin addict was, as always, going a mile a minute.

The founder of Man in Recovery had just walked out of Elgin High School where he’d spoken to over 200 kids about his own life story, including the loss of son Nicholas this year to a heroin overdose.

“It was fantastic,” he said of the students’ enthusiastic reaction to the message he and others from the LTM Heroin Awareness Foundation had just delivered..

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21

Dec

2014

Raising juror pay, reducing juries gets mixed reviews

Author: Editor

A newly signed law that’ll more than double what Illinois jurors are paid while reducing the size of civil case juries is earning mixed reviews from criminal justice experts.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure Friday that backers say could lead to more diverse juries and offset anticipated costs by cutting back jurors in all civil cases from 12 to 6. But some counties are concerned about picking up the tab and researchers and advocacy groups believe smaller juries mean less impartial verdicts.

To the measure’s sponsor – who was lobbied by the former Illinois Trial Lawyers Association president – raising juror stipends is a simple equation.

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9

Oct

2014

Regional planning group keeps Illiana Tollway alive

Author: Editor

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.

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