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[27 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

* NPR…
Government workers have been a relative stronghold in an otherwise shrinking labor movement. More than a third of the public sector workforce is unionized, compared with less than 7 percent in the private sector.
A survey by the AFSCME — the union Janus would have to pay into — found that if agency fees were […]

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[27 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Posted in the order received. International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers…
Today’s Supreme Court decision in Janus v AFSCME was based on a bogus free speech argument. This politically motivated case brought by Mark Janus, paid for by corporate interests, was designed to undercut the bargaining power of those employed in local and […]

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[15 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

Posted by Barton Lorimor
* Press release…
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by -0.1 percentage point to 4.3 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +8,600 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. The April […]

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[14 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

By Hannah Meisel
* Mike Kasper, a longtime ally and lawyer for Speaker Madigan, has taken over treasurer duties for the Democratic Majority PAC and the Speaker’s committee fund, Friends of Michael J Madigan.
Kasper replaces another Madigan loyalist, former Chief of Staff Tim Mapes, who was ousted last week after a Speaker staffer named Sherri […]

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[12 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Gov. Rauner today in Belleville…
We’re gonna be investing billions of dollars into our roads and bridges this year and every year.
And I’m gonna do a big capital bill here in the next six months to invest even tens of billions more on top of that.
Rauner has been talking about passing a large capital bill […]

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[6 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
Following is a statement from Sherri Garrett following the news that her sexual harasser, Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s Chief of Staff Tim Mapes, has resigned:
“I am relieved that Mr. Mapes has resigned. I know victims of harassment throughout our state government and political sphere share that relief. I am hopeful that more individuals […]

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[6 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Speaker Michael J. Madigan released the following statement Wednesday:
“At my direction, Tim Mapes has resigned as my Chief of Staff and Clerk of the Illinois House of Representatives. Jessica Basham has been named Chief of Staff for the Office of the Speaker effective immediately. Further, Mr. Mapes has resigned […]

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[6 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

* From Sherri Garrett’s press release about Tim Mapes…
In Spring 2013, former State Rep. Ken Dunkin approached the House Well and said to Ms. Garrett and another woman–“I want to take both of you home and see which one will be the naughtiest.” Ms. Garrett reported the incident. Ms. Garrett later heard that when Mr. […]

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[4 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Nothing yet from the Rauner administration, but here’s the corporate press release…
Anthem Names Felicia Norwood Executive Vice President and President, Government Business Division
INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 4, 2018– Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) announced today Felicia Norwood has been named Executive Vice President and President, Government Business Division, effective June 18, 2018. In this role, Ms. Norwood will […]

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[4 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Before Gov. Rauner signed the budget this morning…
Three Years Later, Rauner Sidelined to Get the Job Done
Chicago, IL – As Bruce Rauner sits down to sign the first budget of his governorship, let’s take a look back at the crisis-drive agenda, stubborn demands, and failed leadership that brought us to this point:
2015: A CRISIS-DRIVEN […]