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Should unions refund collected fees that were later declared unconstitutional? Appeals court to decide
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it is unconstitutional to require non-union state workers in Illinois to pay "fair share" fees to a union, but a Chicago federal appeals panel is considering whether a union must refund millions of dollars in fees already collected.
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Illinois state lawyers: Janus decision didn't change unions' obligation to represent all workers in bargaining units
Unions aren't the same as state employees, so the holdings of the Supreme Court's Janus decision don't apply to them, Illinois state attorneys argue, asking judge to swat down a union's contention it no longer has an obligation under the Constitution to represent non-union workers.
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Taxpayer suit says state constitution drafters would be 'horrified' to see long-term debt issued to fund Illinois’ structural budget deficits
Plaintiffs suing to bar Illinois' government from treating borrowing like tax revenue are asking a state judge for the chance to make the case that two state bond issues are illegal and prohibited by the Illinois State Constitution.
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Illinois lawmakers are contemplating special tax breaks for developers to encourage affordable housing. But it may just end up raising your tax bill.
IL state worker who 'physically attacked' supervisor, but kept job, awarded $360K back pay in state budget
An Illinois state employee who physically assaulted her supervisor, but was protected by her union and allowed to keep her job, has been awarded $360,000 in back pay as part of Illinois’ new state budget.
Pritzker, union say US high court should reject class action attempt vs SEIU over unconstitutional fees
Unions that used a state law which was later declared to be unconstitutional to take millions of dollars from non-union home caregivers who were not employed by the state should not be exposed to the risk of a class action lawsuit to force the union to refund those unconstitutional fees, Illinois’ governor and attorneys for a union said in briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week.
Different IL A/G 'opinion' could backfire casinos' effort to block fantasy sports sites from IL sports betting market
A provision intended to use an "advisory opinion" from former Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madign to keep online daily fantasy sports sites from grabbing a piece of a new legal Illinois sports betting market for three years could also penalize the casino and race track operators supporting the penalty, as they also could run afoul of a different advisory opinion, authored in 2001 by former Ill. Atty. Gen. Jim Ryan.
Illinois is among the plaintiffs in a multistate lawsuit that claims pharmaceutical companies colluded to fix the prices of generic drugs in a scheme that allegedly caused billions of dollars of harm to the national economy.
Sterigenics court fight worries health care sector over short-, long-term impacts of effort to restrict EO use
As the court fight continues over the fate of Sterigenics’ medical device sterilization plant in Willowbrook, the company and others are working to draw attention to the health care side effects of this and possible further moves by Illinois state officials and lawmakers to further restrict access to the sterilizing agent ethylene oxide.
Class action: Union must refund millions in unconstitutional fees taken from non-union IL state workers
A group of non-union Illinois state employees say their union illegally forced them to continue paying fees to the union, even when the union knew the fees were likely to be declared unconstitutional. Now, those workers have asked a federal judge to order the union to refund the money.