AFSCME Fails To Get Contract Override – 5/26/16

May 26th, 2016

>>AFSCME Fails To Get Contract Override

Illinois’ largest public employee union is going to have to keep talking with Governor Bruce Rauner. Lawmakers, once again, failed to override the Governor’s veto of a plan to send the contract proposal for AFSCME to arbitration yesterday. Union members say the governor isn’t negotiating in good faith. The governor’s office says the union isn’t willing to compromise.

Comptroller: Democrat Budget Will Mean 15-Billion In Unpaid Bills – 5/26/16

May 26th, 2016

>>Comptroller: Democrat Budget Will Mean 15-Billion In Unpaid Bills

The woman who pays Illinois’ bills says she won’t be able to if the new Democratic budget becomes law. Comptroller Leslie Munger says the spending plan from House Democrats will balloon Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills to over 15-billion dollars. Munger says the state owes seven-billion now, and she says the Democratic budget would double that within a year.

Exelon: Cordova Plant Fails Auction, Future In Doubt – 5/26/16

May 26th, 2016

>>Exelon: Cordova Plant Fails Auction, Future In Doubt

Exelon is casting more doubt on the future of the Quad Cities’ nuclear power plant. The utility says the plant failed to clear a power auction. Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane says the failure puts even more pressure on Illinois lawmakers to save the plant in Cordova. Exelon says if Illinois lawmakers don’t classify nuclear energy as ‘green’ and allow the utility to raise rates, the company will have to close the plant.

Activists Protest Outside McDonald’s Headquarters – 5/26/16

May 26th, 2016

>>Activists Protest Outside McDonald’s Headquarters

Authorities are bracing for more protests outside McDonald’s corporate headquarters.  Hundreds of activists demanding higher wages marched through heavy rain yesterday outside the Oak Brook facility.  Demonstrations are expected to continue today as the fast-food giant holds its annual shareholders meeting.

Illinois House Approves Their Own Budget – 5/26/16

May 26th, 2016

>Illinois House Approves Their Own Budget

The Illinois House is pushing forward with its own state budget.  Lawmakers approved a spending plan that would increase funding for K-12 by 700-million dollars.  Republicans don’t support the proposal including Senate Leader Christine Radogno whose says it spends seven-billion-dollars more than the state is set to take in.  Governor Rauner’s administration says the plan would also require an income tax hike