Stateville Correctional Center. (WTTW News)

Top officials with the Illinois Department of Corrections testified in front of a key panel of state lawmakers. Gov. J.B. Pritzker previously announced a plan to close Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill and Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln.

Stateville Correctional Center. (WTTW News)

An independent report identified Illinois’ Stateville and Logan prisons as outdated and in need of costly repairs.

(Capitol News Illinois)

At Ludeman Developmental Center in Park Forest, 37 employees have been fired, resigned or face pending disciplinary action after a state watchdog found that they defrauded a federal pandemic-era small business loan program.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 building is pictured in Springfield. (Peter Hancock / Capitol News Illinois)

The governor’s office said the contract is projected to cost an additional $204 million in the first year and $625 million over four years.

(WTTW News)

The board ordered the city to rehire employees that were terminated after they refused to get the vaccine and awarded back pay – plus interest – to those employees who were disciplined because.

It’s been two months since the U.S. Supreme Court came out with its landmark Janus v. AFSCME decision. Now, on to the next front in the battle over the future of public employee unions.

Unions – and their foes – are fast on the heels of a landmark Supreme Court ruling issued last week on Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a case with Illinois roots.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court’s conservative justices ruled that states cannot require public workers to pay union “fair-share” fees. 

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Reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on an Illinois case that deals a major blow to public sector unions.

As soon as Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue an opinion on Janus v. AFSCME – a case with roots in Illinois that could have consequences nationwide.

Attorneys for both sides of Janus v AFSCME presented arguments to the Supreme Court on Monday. (Courtroom sketch by Bill Hennessy)

Janus v AFSCME, a case out of Illinois that’s backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner and conservative donors and activists, aims to do away with fair share fees. We hear from both sides of the issue.

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“Blockbuster” and “epic” are the words being used to describe the cases on the U.S. Supreme Court docket this term. We discuss the key cases.

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An Illinois case will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, and it could have huge ramifications for public unions.

Gov. Bruce Rauner sits down for an interview with Chicago Tonight political correspondent Paris Schutz on Jan. 4, 2017.

The heightened potential of a state employee strike did nothing to sway Gov. Bruce Rauner, who on Friday swiftly dismissed the notion of returning to the bargaining table with AFSCME.

State employees are in the middle of a political war on two fronts, both of which could leave workers broke. Both could also spur action that could end Illinois’ 19-month budget impasse by forcing a shutdown.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan speaks about campus sexual assault on Aug. 23, 2016. (Chicago Tonight)

Attorney General Lisa Madigan took legal action Thursday night that could bring an end to Illinois’ long-running budget imbroglio, by initiating either a shutdown or a compromise.