Friday, January 22, 2010

Illinois jobless rate back over 11 percent

Illinois hasn't seen unemployment this high since 1983.

Illinois' jobless rate rebounded past 11 percent in December, rising 0.2 percent to 11.1 percent

Click on the following for more details:  Northwest Herald | State jobless rate back over 11 percent

Most Union Members Now Work for Government

first time in American history, a majority of union members are government workers rather than private-sector employees, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday.

in 2009 that the 7.9 million unionized public-sector workers easily outnumbered those in the private sector, where labor’s ranks shrank to 7.4 million, from 8.2 million in 2008.

7.2 percent of private-sector workers were union members last year, down from 7.6 percent the previous year. That, labor historians said, was the lowest percentage of private-sector workers in unions since 1900.  ….Among government workers, union membership grew to 37.4 percent last year, from 36.8 percent in 2008.

Most Union Members Now Work for Government - NYTimes.com

Wolf Chevrolet among dealerships fighting to retain franchise

 Other reports suggested that all of the Cadillac franchises in Boone, Ogle and Winnebago counties could be eliminated, but officials from those dealerships could not be reached for comment

Click on the following for more details:  Wolf Chevrolet among dealerships fighting to retain franchise - - BusinessRockford.com

Truckers threaten to go on strike, shut airports

Hare International Airport ...snow removal and garbage pick-up would grind to a halt, and O'Hare and Midway could be "shut down" because only Federal Aviation Administration-approved drivers with certified background checks can drive on the tarmac and clear snow and ice from runways.

Two thousand Chicago truck drivers are expected to vote next week to authorize a strike that could cripple such vital city services as snow removal, garbage collection and airport operations to protest Mayor Daley's decision to reduce their hours and "ignore" their contract.

Click on the following for more detailsTruckers threaten to go on strike, shut airports :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

Trailing candidates show financial strength in Illinois governor's race

The following connections to State Board of Election filings is taken from Chicago Current website.  Click on the candidates name to see the candidate’s disclosure form.  Click on the bottom link to read  Adrian G. Uribarri’s analysis of these finances.

To access a candidate's full semiannual report, just click on his name:

  • Quinn: $3.15 million in receipts, $2.36 million in expenditures and $1.5 million in available funds at the close of the period
  • Hynes: $2.32 million, $2.75 million, $3.1 million
  • McKenna: $2.23 million, $2.17 million, $63,500
  • Dillard: $1.4 million, $1 million, $369,000
  • Adam Andrzejewski, Republican: $752,000, $775,00, $334,000
  • Bob Schillerstrom, Republican: $661,000, $674,000, $120,000
  • Bill Brady, Republican: $443,000, $662,000, $192,000
  • Ryan: $313,000, $123,000, $190,000
  • Proft: $169,000, $135,000, $51,300
  • Rich Whitney, Green: $6,120, $6,260, $2,570

Click on the following for the rest of the story:  Trailing candidates show financial strength in Illinois governor's race | < Chicago News, Politics and Public Affairs | Chicago Current|

Fraud charges filed: Long-time Stephenson County Board member faces perjury trial

defendant filed two pages (of his election petition) with forged signatures,” Zalar [of ILSAAP]  said. “He swore before a notary public that they were genuine…Vogt [States Attorney] referred the matter to an independent state agency, ILSAAP, to avoid any appearance of bias or impropriety, he said. ILSAAP is a state-funded agency that handles appeals, assessment objections, collective bargaining and other matters….

charges allege that Kuhlmeier falsely asserted that about 14 of the signatures on his primary election petitions were signed in his presence and were genuine, Zalar said.

The false assertions rise to the level of perjury because Kuhlmeier signed his petitions in front of an election official, serving as a notary public, meaning he was technically “under oath” at the time,

Click on the following for more details:  Fraud charges filed: Long-time County Board member faces perjury trial - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard