• AFSCME gives final approval to state contract

    by  • May 17, 2013

    In voting completed yesterday, frontline employees of the state of Illinois represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 elected to implement their new collective bargaining agreement with the state. It was the second time that state workers have voted on the agreement. The re-vote was necessary because...

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    Universities and colleges reach cost shift agreement with State

    by  • May 17, 2013

    State universities and community colleges reached an agreement with Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) to assume  responsibility for the retirement costs of their workers. Under current law, the state pays the employer’s share of community college and state university employees’ pension costs. Under this agreement, should it become law, the institutions would gradually...

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    Pederson now charged with escape

    by  • May 17, 2013

    An inmate at the Federal Prison Camp at Marion, allegedly involved with two carjackings in Mount Vernon, appeared yesterday for arraignment in United States District Court in Benton on charges that he escaped from the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.   Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of...

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