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Appeals panel: State agencies can't hire own lawyers when disagree with Atty Gen's legal strategies

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 23, 2017, 1:20pm

A state appeals panel has refused to allow a state agency, under the supervision of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, to hire its own legal representation amid a conflict with Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan over legal strategy in defending against workers compensation claims brought by an independent personal assistant for those with disabilities who claimed she should be treated as a state employee after the state empowered a union to represent her.

Federal judge expands power of 'Special Master' to review state agency political hiring practices

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2016, 11:27pm

More than two years into an investigation of hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation, a federal judge has expanded the power of the review panel to cover all other state agencies under the oversight of Illinois' governor.

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.

State high court says arbitrator can't order union pay raises unless lawmakers provide the money

Scott Holland Mar. 24, 2016, 12:55pm

The Illinois State Supreme Court has sided with the state in determining an arbitrator cannot order the governor to increase union pay if lawmakers have not yet authorized the spending.

Governor can't exempt Pollution Control workers from collective bargaining, appeals panel says

Scott Holland Jan. 22, 2016, 11:09am

He hasn’t been Illinois’ governor for more than a year, but some of Pat Quinn’s actions are still being weighed by Illinois’ courts. On Jan. 19, a state appellate court overturned the administrative decision of the Illinois Labor Relations Board to uphold Quinn’s exemption of certain Pollution Control Board employees from collective bargaining.

State hits driver accused of striking highway patrol car with suit seeking $75K-plus

Annie Cosby Oct. 21, 2014, 10:00am

The state is suing the driver of a vehicle it claims hit an Illinois State Police patrol car parked on Interstate Highway 55, injuring the trooper sitting inside.

Panel: administrative law judges for the Illinois Commerce Commission are barred from collective bargaining

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 24, 2014, 10:59am

Eight administrative law judges for the Illinois Commerce Commission will not be allowed to unionize after a state appeals court determined the power they hold to influence the ICC and shape its policies – if not set the policies outright - means they qualify as management under labor laws.

Smith Maintenance Co. sued over slip and fall at Thompson Center

Joel Brakken Jan. 9, 2014, 4:24pm

A woman is seeking damages over claims she slipped and fell on a greasy floor.