The union representing Illinois government workers released an ad this week calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to return to the negotiating table. AFSCME alleges that Rauner has failed to engage in contract talks with the union since January.
With a U.S. appeals court set to hear oral arguments Tuesday on the Clean Power Plan, Progress Illinois looks at the debate over the landmark climate change regulations and the potential outcomes of the case.
When Illinoisans hit the polls in November, they will see a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot asking whether the state should put transportation funding in a "lockbox" so that it cannot be used for non-related spending.
If the amendment passes, the Illinois Constitution would be amended to ensure transportation funding is safeguarded from being spent on other purposes, like balancing the state budget.
Citizens to Protect Transportation Funding, a coalition of business, labor and construction groups, is leading the advocacy effort in support of the so-called "Safe Roads Amendment," which made it onto the November 8 ballot after strong bipartisan approval from the state legislature.