| Jun 10, 2014
| 2:41 PM
A Cook County government workers’ union picketed during Tuesday’s lunch hour to call attention to stalled contract negotiations.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 members fanned out at 14 county work...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides thought winning election as a Republican in a Democrat-dominated city would be hard. "The entire state was against me," he said.
Governing has been even tougher.
In the five months since his 59-vote victory,...
| May 13, 2014
| 5:02 AM
A coalition of labor unions on Monday asked a court in Springfield to prevent a new state law aimed at curbing Illinois’ public employee pension debt from taking effect next month until questions about its constitutionality have been resolved.
| May 14, 2014
The director of a Tinley Park-based non-profit social service agency serving developmentally disabled adults says the approximately 280 workers who feed, dress and clean the group-home residents deserve a real raise. The problem, says Andy Collins, is...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:47 AM
Earlier this year, the Baltimore Brew broke a story of a pilot program through HUD that would allow the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) to transition 22 public housing high-rises to private ownership over the next two years. Citing a lack of...
| May 22, 2014
| 4:08 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle hit Springfield Thursday to try to build support for changes to the county pension plan that she says would halt its ongoing decline toward insolvency.
She met with Senate President John Cullerton House...
| Apr 13, 2014
Row upon row of brand-new squad cars sit in a parking lot not far from the state fairgrounds in Springfield, waiting to be driven out onto state highways. Waiting. And waiting.
The cars, 85 model year 2013 Chevrolet Caprices that were delivered last...
| May 22, 2014
| 4:40 PM
Under the marble columns of Baltimore's downtown courthouse Thursday, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler joined about three dozen court staff protesting the working conditions inside.
Workers at the century-old courthouse have been complaining...
| May 27, 2014
| 2:43 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle got a government worker pension overhaul through the first couple hurdles at the Capitol on Tuesday, but she’s still not saying how she’d come up with more money to pay for the...
| May 27, 2014
| 6:37 PM
Illinois Democrats on Tuesday rolled out a new state spending plan that puts off many tough decisions until after the November election by relying on a series of time-tested budget tricks.
To make ends meet, at least on paper, lawmakers would bump up...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 4:22 PM
The old saying goes that the devil is in the details, and while that's a tired old maxim, it really does apply to the murky world of campaign finance. While Lucifer himself may not show up on anyone's year-end reports,......