Posts tagged "unions"

Benefits bubble bursts in Wisconsin

Wouldn’t you know it? The Great Jetstream (credit: Mike Royko) has arrived in Madison. ( Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune / February 18, 2011 ) The crowds mobbing the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison are right: Gov. Scott Walker‘s budget repair bill is indeed an attack on organized government workers. And it’s about time. Labor compensation is the largest component... Read more »

Is Speaker Madigan turning on Illinois public employee unions

A Wall Street Journal story sees a crack in the old and solid alliance between House Speaker Michael Madigan and organized state workers. Said the story: Last week, Mr. Madigan floated, for the first time, the idea of cutting pension benefits for current state workers. The speaker said lawmakers were working on bills to reduce... Read more »

Insane Illinois

A very good column by Mary Laney exploring just how insane Illinois is.  Teachers and employees are being laid off, yet no one has touched the countless Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Assistant Principles, and multiple (and unnecessary) School Districts that overlap in townships and suburbs. It is that overlapping bureaucracy that is highly overpaid... Read more »
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Chicago's economy stung; 2 trade shows blow town

In better times eight years ago, Mayor Daley attended the plastics industry show. After this year, it’s leaving Chicago After having lost the 2012 annual meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society to Las Vegas, Chicago today learned that the plastics industry trade show will move to Orlando for 2012 and 2015 after... Read more »
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