Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is calling for more taxes on alcohol and tobacco products. Under her proposal, smokeless tobacco and cigars will be taxed the same as cigarettes. As for alcohol, taxes would go up by 50 percent in Cook County.
Companies and government agencies announced a lot fewer job cuts in Illinois last month compared with September. The latest job cuts data come from Challenger, Gray and Christmas, a Chicago company that helps employers manage the process of laying off workers.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An arbitrator has ordered Gov. Pat Quinn to cancel his plan to lay off state employees and close several prisons and mental facilities.Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled Monday that Quinn's plan would violate his agreement with a major union.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said he has told the governor he is open to discussing shifting state budget money to avoid numerous layoffs and closing state facilities.The Chicago Tribune reports that Madigan said the House intends to keep the spending limits it adopted for the bud
Union leaders say they have found ways to save Chicago about $242 million that will also save the jobs of as many as 625 workers who Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to lay off.On Tuesday, union leaders said they'd delivered a report to Emanuel's office that takes aim at a bloated middle mana