The faculty strike at Rock Valley College in Rockford continues Monday after professors rejected contract language proposed by a federal mediator brought in to assist with negotiations over a new labor agreement.
Ahead of Women's Equality Day on Wednesday, a new study shows Illinois is the third most equal state for women. But don't get too cheery over the findings, independent experts say.
WalletHub, the personal finance website, ranked all 50 U.S. states on gender equality in three areas: education, political empowerment and workplace environment. Illinois had the third best overall ranking, behind New York at No.2 and Hawaii at No. 1. Utah earned the worst ranking.
A leader with the Chicago-based advocacy group Women Employed was pleased to see Illinois come in third for women's equality. However, the ranking "doesn't mean things are primarily good for women in Illinois," stressed Women Employed's Associate Director Jenny Wittner.
"It just means that by certain measures (conditions are) better than other states," she said.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging Illinois legislators to opt against overriding his veto of a bill that sought to ban a state worker strike or lockout by the administration if negotiations break down over a labor contract.