Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner News

Democratic donor Hull asks to limit deposition to thwart political fishing expedition by Madigan lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 21, 2018

A former Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat ultimately captured by Barack Obama has asked a federal judge to block lawyers for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan from using a forthcoming deposition as a fishing expedition to dig up political intelligence on potential political opponents of the powerful chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 2, 2018

In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.

Employer groups ask Rauner to veto Dem-backed bill to transfer enforcement powers from Labor Dept to A/G

By John Sammon | Mar 16, 2018

A prominent Democratic Illinois state lawmaker, who is now seeking his party's nomination as the state's next attorney general, has lined up behind new legislation intended to give the attorney general new powers to pursue businesses embroiled in wage disputes - new powers that will come at the expense of the state's Labor Department, according to business groups.

Union lawsuit: If union can't force non-union workers to pay, also can't be forced to represent them

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 23, 2018

In advance of what they expect to be a stinging defeat for labor unions at the U.S. Supreme Court, a prominent Illinois union has countered with a suit of its own, claiming, if the court finds unions can be barred from forcing non-union workers to pay fees to the union for collective bargaining, so, too, the unions can’t be forced to include those workers in the deals they cut with government officials.

Union member sues Lincolnshire, says village can't support group that lobbied for Rauner reform agenda

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 22, 2018

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments on the question of whether state rules requiring non-union workers pay fees to unions violate the Constitution, a union member in suburban Lincolnshire has sued his village government, demanding the court declare the rights of union members have been similarly violated by local governments which use taxpayer money to fund lobbyists to seek reforms opposed by unions.

Illinois law reducing LLC fees will help make Prairie State a bit more business friendly, attorney says

By David Hutton | Jan 30, 2018

A woman is suing Union Medical Center, Cityscape Landscape LLC, Beef-Boners Union and Chicago Title Land Trust Company for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries. And that's good for small businesses and the entire state, a local attorney says.

Ex-Rauner communications chief sues governor, demands emails about abortion law, other topics

By Scott Holland | Jan 10, 2018

The woman who briefly served as one of the heads of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's communications team is suing his office, demanding the release of emails relating to controversial abortion legislation and other politically-charged topics.

Pro-life lawmakers, groups appeal Springfield judge's refusal to block IL abortion funding law

By The Cook County Record | Jan 2, 2018

A group of pro-life Illinois state legislators, anti-abortion organizations and the Springfield Roman Catholic diocese have indicated they will continue their legal fight to stop the state of Illinois from using taxpayer money to fund abortions, filing notices to appeal a Springfield judge’s decision to deny them the injunction they sought to block the state law authorizing public funding for what they estimate could be “tens of thousands” of abortions each year.

Illinois employers to face shifting regulatory burdens in 2018

By David Hutton | Dec 11, 2017

As 2018 looms, employers in Illinois are bracing for another wave of employment and labor regulations on the local, state and federal levels.

Attorney: New bill banning employment salary inquiries likely in Illinois, despite veto loss

By David Hutton | Dec 5, 2017

In the wake of a veto of legislation to amend the Illinois Equal Pay Act, lawmakers in the state have been left to sift through the rejected proposal and find a foundation to serve as a model for the next proposal.

Illinois law requiring taxpayers to pay for abortions faces court challenge; no funding source ID'd, suit says

By Michael Carroll | Dec 4, 2017

Anti-abortion groups have filed a lawsuit challenging an Illinois law that clears the way for the public funding of elective abortions beginning on Jan. 1, saying the legislation violates the Illinois state constitution's requirements that lawmakers first identify where the tens of millions of dollars will come from to pay for more than 40,000 abortions per year.

CPS: New IL schools funding law 'major step toward equality,' shelves class action vs state over ed funding

By Karen Kidd | Dec 1, 2017

Chicago's public school officials have shelved their attempt to use a lawsuit to address Illinois' "broken" public education funding system, saying an education funding reform law enacted by the state earlier this fall has helped satisfy their concerns.

Attorney: Despite Rauner veto, 'some sort' of law banning pre-employment salary inquiries possible in IL

By Dee Thompson | Oct 9, 2017

Changes to Illinois law may make a potential employer’s inquiry into a job applicant’s wage, benefits and other compensation history an unlawful form of discrimination, despite a veto from Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Business groups: IL geolocations privacy bill ups lawsuit risk against 'businesses of all sizes'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 3, 2017

Already facing a surge of lawsuits under a state technology privacy law, business groups have expressed relief at Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to veto a new state technology privacy law regulating how and when smartphone apps and the businesses that develop and deploy them must notify users their physical locations are being logged – a law the business groups say will only offer the same trial lawyers another avenue to sue them.

SCOTUS to take up Illinois case challenging power of unions to collect fees from non-union state workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 28, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court will again wade into the question of whether public sector worker unions can force government employees who don’t wish to join their union to still pay fees, ostensibly for collective bargaining representation, after the court on Sept. 28 agreed to hear arguments in the case of Janus v AFSCME.

State appeals panel: IL's governor has the power to fire members of Prisoner Review Board

By Scott Holland | Sep 18, 2017

A state appeals panel said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has the right to fire members of the Prisoner Review Board.

Lawsuit demands IL pay schools based on 'evidence-based' funding plan called for in state budget

By Scott Holland | Aug 15, 2017

Parents of Illinois public school students have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to secure what they consider adequate funding for the coming school year.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 23, 2017

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.

Appeals panel: Social service agencies can't be paid without state appropriations

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 15, 2017

Noting the contracts they signed made their payments contingent on the availability of legally appropriated state funds, an Illinois appellate court has found a coalition of social service providers have no legal or constitutional leg to stand on to demand the state pay them without first securing the proper appropriations from the state’s legislature and governor.

School districts sue the state, demanding money, but history says chances of lawsuit success not high

By Zachary Lewis | Jun 14, 2017

Amid the state of Illinois' sustained budget woes, school districts in Chicago and elsewhere in the state have lined up to ask courts to intervene on their behalf and order the state to pay what they assert is its proper share of education funding. But history has indicated such lawsuits have limited chances of success.

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