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Non-compete agreements banned for low-wage employees in Illinois

Dawn Geske Oct. 4, 2016, 6:06pm

A new law prohibiting non-compete agreements for low-wage earners has been signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Social service agencies' motion: State must pay now, or risk statewide 'public emergency'

Jonathan Bilyk May 25, 2016, 10:42pm

Three weeks since filing suit to ask a Cook County judge to order Illinois’ state government to pay their organizations what they believe they are owed, a coalition that has now grown to more than 80 Illinois social service agencies have decided the situation has now become a “public emergency across the state” requiring emergency action from the courts to order Springfield to cough up the money to allow the agencies to continue functioning.

Group connected to Madigan, Emanuel sues to block redistricting amendment from ballot

Jonathan Bilyk May 12, 2016, 5:50pm

An attorney connected to powerful Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court to block a referendum from landing on the ballot, which would ask Illinois voters to reform the way Illinois creates the legislative districts from which state lawmakers are elected.

Social service providers sue Rauner for vetoing appropriations, demand state pay $100 million

Jonathan Bilyk May 4, 2016, 1:38pm

A group of more than five dozen Illinois social service agencies have sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a collection of state agencies, alleging the governor’s decision to veto three appropriation bills in June 2015 has provided cover for the state to unconstitutionally refuse to pay them more than $100 million they are collectively owed for services rendered under contracts with the state of Illinois.

Cook County: State must pay millions owed to fund child support collection program

Dana Herra Mar. 8, 2016, 2:50pm

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and lawyers acting on behalf of parents owed child support have asked the federal courts to step in to force the state of Illinois to pay up what it owes to cover the costs of enforcing the collection of child support, saying the state’s failure to pass a budget to fund the program has cost Cook County millions, harms the parents and their children and threatens the future viability of the program.

Durkin: Workers comp compromise could be key to unlock budget impasse in Springfield

Mark Fitton - Illinois News Network Feb. 22, 2016, 11:16pm

SPRINGFIELD — House Minority Leader Jim Durkin on Monday suggested the workers’ compensation system might be the point where Republicans and Democrats get together and start breaking the month-long impasse that has left Illinois without a budget.

Rauner to lawmakers: Make a choice; Democratic leaders: Little has changed

Mark Fitton - Illinois News Network Feb. 17, 2016, 9:26pm

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his annual budget address Wednesday to put two choices before legislative Democrats who control both houses of the state legislature: The General Assembly can grant him, the state’s chief executive, the authority to make the cuts that will allow Illinois to spend what it’s bringing in, about $32.8 billion Or, Rauner said, lawmakers can agree to some of what he considers essential economic and political reforms and he’ll work with them on a combin

Illinois family law, child custody rules undergo overhaul

Annie Hunt Feb. 15, 2016, 12:04pm

The start of the new year has brought significant changes to family law and the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), affecting every practitioner and the families they represent in Illinois.

Brawl over bargaining bill resumes in Springfield; with no AFSCME contract, stakes are high

Mark Fitton - Illinois News Network Feb. 11, 2016, 11:36pm

SPRINGFIELD — The hotly disputed interest arbitration or “no strike-no lockout” bill is back in play in the state Capitol.

Class action demands state pay up, despite budget impasse, for land taken for road projects

Scott Holland Dec. 30, 2015, 10:43pm

A property owner believes the state has wrongfully used Springfield’s ongoing budget dispute to improperly withhold payment on land the Illinois Department of Transportation seized for work on Route 59 in DuPage County, so the land owner has filed a class action to force Illinois to pay up to all others who have allegedly been similarly wronged. Naper Corner, successor entity to North Star Trust, filed suit Dec. 28 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Survey says Cook, Madison counties, state of Illinois, rank among worst environments for lawsuits in country

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 10, 2015, 4:46pm

The courts of Cook and Madison counties, as well as the state of Illinois, have again ranked very poorly in the eyes of business leaders, a survey says, hampering the state’s economic growth, reducing the state’s tax haul, and making it more difficult to pay Illinois’ bills and provide needed public services, according to Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner and representatives of the nation's largest business association.

Madigan comes up short on SB 1229 override

Hilary Gowins Yelvington Sep. 8, 2015, 6:42am

House Speaker Mike Madigan said on multiple occasions he had the votes to override the governor’s veto.

WSJ editorial knocks Quinn’s ‘stocking stuffers’ to ITLA; Outgoing governor signs two controversial, legal-related bills into law

Ann Knef Dec. 23, 2014, 11:21am

QuinnLabeling him “America’s worst governor,” the Wall Street Journal notes in a Dec. 22 editorial that Pat Quinn in his final days as chief executive enacted two laws that are “stocking stuffers” for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.Quinn on Friday signed into law legislation, Senate Bill 3075, that will reduce the number of jurors hearing civil cases from 12 to six and increase juror pay to