Current and former Chicago Nabisco bakery workers and their supporters are set to protest Wednesday morning at Mondelez International's annual shareholders meeting in Lincolnshire. The workers are targeting the company over its decision to lay off 600 Chicago Nabisco bakery employees as it moves some production work to Mexico.
State Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) says she is hopeful a bipartisan committee of state lawmakers will have a budget proposal ready to present soon.
Bellock is a member of the budget working group, which was reportedly formed by the governor and is meeting daily. She spoke Monday afternoon at a City Club of Chicago discussion on the Illinois budget. Three other state lawmakers were on the City Club of Chicago panel, including state Sens. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and state Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills).
The budget working group, Bellock said, is comprised of "budgeteers from all the different (appropriation) committees." The group is "trying to come up with" a budget proposal and is working on "line item after line item after line item," she explained.
As the long-running state budget impasse continues in its eleventh month, activists with Fair Economy Illinois are set to unveil their "People and Planet First Budget" blueprint during a downtown Chicago protest Monday.
ComEd and Exelon are proposing a major overhaul of Illinois energy policies under a new plan announced Thursday. Progress Illinois recaps the proposal, which is being met with mixed reaction among interested parties.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth at a Chicago campaign event Friday to talk retirement security with seniors and other supporters. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the discussion.