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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon May 18

Study: Illinois Union Membership Down 97,000 Workers Over Past Decade

Organized labor's power and effectiveness is still significant in Illinois despite unions having 97,000 fewer members in the state than a decade ago, local economic and labor experts argue in a new report.

"The labor movement's presence is still keenly felt in Illinois," said Frank Manzo with the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, which jointly released the "State of the Unions 2015" report with researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. 

"Unions continue to increase incomes across the state and advance a strong, middle-class economy," he added.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon May 11

After Pension Ruling, Experts Say Illinois Lawmakers Should 'Face Up' To Need For New Revenue

After the Illinois Superme Court struck down the state's 2013 pension-cutting law on Friday, some economic and political experts say Springfield lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner need to get serious about new revenue options to help address the state's pension and budgetary pressures.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed May 6

Chicago City Council Roundup: Rauner, Reparations & Red Light Cameras

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Chicago's jam-packed city council meeting, during which Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered remarks about his "turnaround agenda" and aldermen passed a historic reparations package for Burge torture survivors.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri May 1

On May Day, Activists Protest Over Social, Economic Issues; Labor Leaders Blast Rauner's Anti-Union Agenda (VIDEO)

Progress Illinois recaps two separate May Day demonstrations that took place Friday, including a protest by the "May Day Radical Coalition" and a rally at the Haymarket Memorial with workers and labor leaders.