Former state school employee Paul Williams, who retired in November 2016, saved $143,039 toward a pension over 24 years working for public schools, Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois records show.
Former state school employee Karen Taylor, who retired in November 2016, saved $42,094 toward a pension over 10 years working for public schools, Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois records show.
Former state university employee Viola Bain, who retired in November 2016, saved $21,715 toward a pension over 10 years working for state universities, State Universities Retirement System of Illinois records show.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently released the latest data on the state's unemployment rate and job growth, and although 2,200 new jobs were created, the unemployment rate increased to 5.6 percent.
The state's largest public employee union is calling for Gov. Bruce Rauner to continue negotiating after talks were declared to be at an impasse earlier this month, but further talks with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) would be pointless, an attorney for a Chicago-based think tank said recently.
Local Republican leaders recently released a statement
regarding Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, portraying it as proof that Hillary Clinton’s
win was not “inevitable” in Illinois or nationwide, despite Rock Island County giving her a slight edge.
The Illinois House failed to garner the votes needed to overturn Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of Senate Bill 250, which would have automatically registered Illinois residents to vote when they make government transactions, such as renewing a driver's license.