Illinois budget

Illinois State Workers
12:08 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Judge rules against Ill. union on canceled raises for state workers

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A federal judge has ruled against state employees in a dispute over whether Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel raises promised in union contracts.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Thursday it will appeal the ruling.

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Morning round-up
9:23 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Mo. Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over website, such as Facebook.
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Mo. Senate to consider new measure repealing teacher social media restrictions

A Mo. Senate committee has endorsed a measure to repeal a contentious new law restricting teachers' interaction with students over websites such as Facebook. The Senate Education Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to repeal the law.

The action comes after  a Mo. judge issued an order in September blocking the new law from taking effect, citing concerns that it could violate free speech rights.

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Illinois State Workers
3:43 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Quinn continues to defend budget without raises

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Gov. Pat Quinn is defending signing a budget that state officials say didn't fully fund 12 of 14 agencies even before the Chicago Democrat canceled raises for thousands of state workers.

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Ill. pay raises
11:39 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Ill. Gov. Quinn ordered to start paying raises to state workers

An arbitrator has ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn must give union employees the 2 percent raise included in their contract.
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Updated 1:21 with story from WBEZ.

Reporting from WBEZ's Sam Hudzik used in this report.

A victory today for a public employee union in Illinois.

An arbitrator says Governor Pat Quinn cannot cancel pay raises promised to state workers, but the issue is far from settled.

(Here's a link to the full text of the decision from the arbitrator)

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Illinois State Workers
2:37 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Union asks arbitrator to decide on canceled raises for Ill. state workers

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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A major state employee union has asked an arbitrator to decide whether Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel scheduled raises for thousands of workers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sought the ruling Thursday. Quinn announced last week he was canceling the $75 million in raises to help deal with the state's budget crisis.

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Illinois State Workers
3:10 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Quinn: Ready for court battle over canceled raises for Ill. state workers

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's ready to go to court over canceling pay raises for nearly 30,000 state workers.

Quinn defended his decision to deny the raises by blaming the General Assembly for not appropriating the necessary money. He said Tuesday the state can't provide the increase unless lawmakers set aside enough money.

The raises are required under state government's union contracts.

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Illinois State Workers
1:19 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Quinn tries to skip $77 million in raises

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Updated 1:39 p.m. and again at 3:27 p.m. with information about union.

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to cancel raises for thousands of state employees to help cope with the Illinois budget crisis.

The administration notified 14 state agencies and the affected unions that the 2 percent raises won't be paid as required by contract.

Quinn's office said Friday that lawmakers did not provide enough money in the new budget to cover raises for nearly 30,000 employees.

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Illinois State Budget
9:51 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Quinn signs new Ill. state budget, makes changes first

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report. 

Mere hours before the start of a new fiscal year, Ill. Governor Pat Quinn signed a new state budget into law. But not without making some changes to it.

Immediately after legislators sent Quinn a budget, he panned it for not spending enough - especially when it comes to education.

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Morning round-up
9:37 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 30, 2011

A federal judge has ruled that Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner can be forcibly medicated.
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Loughner can be forcibly medicated

A federal judge has ruled that prison officials can forcibly medicate Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner with anti-psychotic drugs.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns says he did not want to second guess doctors at a federal prison in Springfield, Mo. Burns issued the decision yesterday after Loughner's attorneys filed an emergency request to prevent any forced medication of their client.

Defense attorneys said Loughner had been forcibly medicated since June 21. 

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Morning round-up
9:36 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Illinois State Capitol
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Ill. General Assembly Approves Budget

Schools are traditionally an area Illinois legislators have left untouched when they're looking to cut spending. But the budget the General Assembly approved Monday night gives 3 percent less to education for the coming year that begins in July.

Overall cuts are wide ranging and total $2.3 billion less than what Gov. Pat Quinn proposed  in Feb. That was enough for Republicans in the House, but the Senate GOP says it's still too rich.

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