An Illinois law that’s billed as a crackdown on wage theft takes effect Saturday. But, for now, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration won’t be delivering the tough enforcement he promised.The law hikes fines for a range of wage-and-hour violations.
Illinois may be losing a Congressional seat, but new census figures could be good news for the state’s Latinos. A U.S. Census Bureau estimate for 2009 suggests the number of Latinos in the state had grown by almost 440,000 since 2000.
The loss of a Congressional seat for Illinois means the state could lose out on federal dollars. Data from the 2010 Census show that Illinois has been growing more slowly than states in the south and west.
Almost all counties in Illinois have seen increasing poverty rates in recent years, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The latest numbers group together data for a five-year period from 2005 to 2009.
The U.S. Senate is expected to take a procedural vote today on a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts. The procedural vote would pave the way for a final vote on the package, possibly this week.Illinois U.S.
The Put Illinois to Work program will end in mid-January.The program provides government-subsidized $10 per hour jobs at no cost to employers.Some critics questioned the cost of a program that doesn't guarantee permanent jobs.
Illinois State Representative Deb Mell says she plans to marry fiancée Christin Baker in Iowa, despite the likely passage of a civil unions bill next year. “We’re thrilled and grateful, obviously,” Mell said about the law. “But we really want that marriage license.”