layoffs http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois child-welfare agency starts cutting of 375 jobs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-child-welfare-agency-starts-cutting-375-jobs <p>The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services began sending out layoff notices Friday as it tries to cut 375 jobs without weakening its ability to protect children.</p><p>The department has to absorb an $86 million budget cut.</p><p>Director Richard Calica said in a letter to staff that the agency must focus its remaining resources on core responsibilities required by law.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/NGVdLX">The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports </a>the agency will have to reduce programs aimed at preventing abuse and neglect.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:15:43 +0000 The Associated Press 4155 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois child-welfare agency starts cutting of 375 jobs Teachers would have to work longer to get tenure under legislation approved by Mo. Senate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/teachers-would-have-work-longer-get-tenure-under-legislation-approved-mo-senate <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate </a>has given first-round approval to legislation that would<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=2024257"> double the amount of time required for public school teachers to earn tenure</a>.</p><p>Currently, a teacher has to work in the same school district for five years to earn tenure.&nbsp; The bill sponsored by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/members/mem07.htm">State Senator Jane Cunningham </a>(R,&nbsp;Chesterfield) would expand that requirement to 10 years.</p><p>&ldquo;As long as the teacher does not own their job, if you will, then they&rsquo;re going to be really working to prove (themselves) and do a good job,&quot; Cunningham said.&nbsp;&nbsp;&quot;It gives us five more years of encouraging and giving motivation to teachers to really produce.&rdquo; Thu, 05 Apr 2012 18:35:53 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3438 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Teachers would have to work longer to get tenure under legislation approved by Mo. Senate Morning headlines: Thursday, January 26, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-january-26-2012 <p><strong>Gateway Arch project may not be finished by anniversary</strong></p><p>The 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Gateway Arch is three years away, but the project to improve and expand the grounds by then may not be finished on time.</p><p>Walter Metcalfe, director of the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, which is leading the effort, says it&#39;s more important to get it right than to get it done in time for the anniversary.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:32:17 +0000 Julie Bierach, Joseph Leahy & The Associated Press 2945 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, January 26, 2012 Arbitrator rejects Quinn's layoff, closure plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/arbitrator-rejects-quinns-layoff-closure-plan <p>An arbitrator has ordered Gov. Pat Quinn to cancel <a href="http://Quinn to close seven state institutions, lay off 1,900 workers">his plan to lay off state employees and close several prisons and mental facilities</a>.</p><p>Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled Monday that Quinn&#39;s plan would violate his agreement with a major union. The Democratic governor signed a deal last year that promised no layoffs or closures if the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees agreed to various cost-cutting measures.</p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 15:59:10 +0000 The Associated Press 2172 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Arbitrator rejects Quinn's layoff, closure plan Quinn to close seven state institutions, lay off 1,900 workers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-close-seven-state-institutions-lay-1900-workers <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Sean Crawford and WBEZ&#39;s Sam Hudzik was used in this story.</em></p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he will need to lay off 1,900 state employees and close seven state facilities to live within a budget sent to him by the General Assembly.</p><p>&quot;Decisions made by members of the General Assembly I may or may not agree with, but once they have adopted their budget, it is now the law of our state,&quot; Quinn told reporters in Chicago today. &quot;We have to implement this in a responsible manner.&quot;</p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 18:20:58 +0000 The Associated Press, Illinois Public Radio & WBEZ 2015 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn to close seven state institutions, lay off 1,900 workers State job cuts, facility closures possible in Ill. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-job-cuts-facility-closures-possible-ill <p><strong>Updated with comments from Quinn, unions and lawmakers.</strong></p><p><em>Reporting from WBEZ&#39;s Sam Hudzik and Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Sean Crawford was used in this report.</em></p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says job reductions will be necessary to help Illinois deal with a record budget deficit.</p><p>Sources told the<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-pat-quinn-illinois-budget-20110906,0,779655.story"> Chicago Tribune</a> that thousands of state workers could receive layoff notices.</p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 22:05:11 +0000 The Associated Press, Illinois Public Radio & WBEZ 1993 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State job cuts, facility closures possible in Ill. St. Louis firefighter layoffs postponed again http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-firefighter-layoffs-postponed-again <p>The &quot;long and arduous&quot; fight over the budget for the city&#39;s fire department will go on for another week.</p><p>The three-member <a href="http://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/comptroller/services/Board-of-Estimate-and-Apportionment.cfm">Board of Estimate and Apportionment</a> tabled the layoffs of 30 firefighters at the request of Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed. Reed, comptroller Darlene Green, and Mayor Francis Slay will make the ultimate decision about the layoffs.</p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 22:13:08 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 810 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis firefighter layoffs postponed again Cahokia schools lay off dozens of teachers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cahokia-schools-lay-dozens-teachers <p>Administrators of a southwestern Illinois school district say financial problems have forced them to lay off or not renew the contracts of 71 employees, including more than five dozen teachers.</p><p><a href="http://www.cahokia187.org/">Cahokia School District 187</a>&#39;s board made the move during <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cahokia-school-board-meeting-decide-teacher-layoffs">a special meeting Monday night</a>.</p><p>The laid-off workers include 62 teachers, two teachers&#39; aides, a school psychologist and a social worker.</p> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:59:41 +0000 The Associated Press 788 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cahokia schools lay off dozens of teachers St. Louis firefighters respond to comptroller's furlough proposal http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-firefighters-respond-comptrollers-furlough-proposal <p>St. Louis firefighters were told <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/city-st-louis-lay-30-firefighters">last week</a> that they&#39;d be subject to 30 layoffs. Yesterday, Comptroller Darlene Green <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/4da01e68-53fb-11e0-88b0-00127992bc8b.html">said</a> she would push a plan to furlough firefighters instead of laying them off.</p><p>Today, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch<a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/article_b916445a-5488-11e0-9fa9-0017a4a78c22.html"> reports</a>, the firefighters have responded.</p><p> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:16:44 +0000 Kelsey Proud 783 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis firefighters respond to comptroller's furlough proposal Cahokia School Board meeting to decide on teacher layoffs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cahokia-school-board-meeting-decide-teacher-layoffs <p>The <a href="http://www.cahokia187.org/">Cahokia School Board</a> will meet tonight to decide whether to lay off up to 70 teachers because of a budget deficit.</p><p>School officials have said that lower tax revenues and delayed state payments have left Cahokia&#39;s budget about $1 million in the red. Brent Murphy, president of the Cahokia Federation of Teachers, says he hopes that reducing instructors and other staff is not the only solution.</p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:16:36 +0000 Bill Raack 773 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cahokia School Board meeting to decide on teacher layoffs