The Illinois unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in August, while the state lost a net 8,200 jobs last month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) reported last week.
State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) launched an effort Thursday to make Illinois community colleges and public universities free for in-state students.
Five Chicago aldermen want to surplus funds from a tax increment financing, or TIF, district located in their wards and use the money to help "alleviate the budget crisis" at the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools.
Homelessness in Chicago is down 13 percent compared to last year, a new city report shows.
Workers at Chicago's Mount Sinai and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospitals are joining the Fight for $15 movement.
The Emanuel administration's plan to give people the ability to contest almost 1.5 million red-light camera tickets is expected to go before the Chicago City Council's Finance Committee on Monday.
The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates approved a strike authorization vote Wednesday.
The United Mine Workers of America plans to rally outside the U.S. Capitol Building Thursday morning in support of legislation to protect retired union members' pensions and health care benefits.
Opponents of the Rauner administration's proposed overtime restrictions for Illinois home health care workers who assist people with disabilities are speaking out.