* From the governor’s office…
Good morning, Rich:
Newton and Camp Point both passed resolutions last night in support of Turnaround Agenda.
Newton: Pop. 2,815
Camp Point: Pop. 1,126
*** UPDATE 1 *** From the governor’s office…
Another update -
Wayne also passed agenda.
Wayne: Pop. 2,449
*** UPDATE 2 *** From the Pontiac Daily Leader…
Despite a change of venue designed to accommodate for last Thursday’s massive union turnout, the Livingston County Board has made the decision to drop a discussion of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda and the controversial right-to-work topic that it encompasses for this Thursday’s resumption of the postponed meeting.
The meeting last Thursday was suspended, moved, and ultimately postponed until a suitable location could be used. This was due to the insufficient ability to house the excess of 300 members of various union employees who showed up to voice their concerns with right-to-work.
*** UPDATE 3 *** From the governor’s office…
Third Lake also passed resolution. It’s attached.
As a commenter said, we sure are getting quite the Illinois geography lesson these days.
[ *** End Of Updates *** ]
* From a union official…
Rauner lost in Pecatonica, Wauconda, Campton Hills and Vernon hills tonight.
* And check out what happened in Naperville, where the resolution didn’t even include the governor’s “right to work” and collective bargaining language…
* But Dixon may have created this week’s biggest news so far. The city council approved a resolution blasting Rauner’s anti-union resolution, which included language like this…
WHEREAS, the real agenda of the Right to Work concept is to undercut wages and benefits for hard working Illinoisans […]
WHEREAS, Governor Rauner wants to allow local governments to opt out of paying the Prevailing Wage on public works projects, but since the Prevailing Wage is set locally and actually boosts local job growth and since the prevailing wage discourages out-of-state companies from undercutting the local wage and benefit base the Prevailing Wage is itself a strong economic development tool […]
WHEREAS, we do not want to ignore these laws and make public employees second class citizens when it comes to bargaining their workplace rights;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the City Council of the City of Dixon does not endorse or agree with the establishment of proposed “Right-to-Work” zones in the State of Illinois, nor does it support the erosion of public employee bargaining rights and plan to follow the laws as they exist.
Read it all here.
* On to Mt. Zion…
The Mount Zion Board of Trustees quashed a resolution in favor of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” on Monday, causing a packed audience to erupt in applause.
The resolution had been introduced and immediately tabled at the board’s previous meeting April 6 without discussion. […]
Though initially included for discussion and approval for Monday’s meeting, the agenda was amended Sunday with the removal of the resolution.
“The resolution was taken off because we did not feel there was support for it,” Mayor Don Robinson said.
Labor union members and their supporters filled the Wauconda High School cafeteria Tuesday night to oppose a controversial proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner that would weaken labor unions in the state.
And when they were done, the village board members criticized the new governor’s plan, too, saying the issue needs to be resolved in the state Capitol, not village boardrooms. […]
Tuesday’s Wauconda village board meeting was moved to the high school because the crowd that showed up at village hall for the meeting was too large to fit in the boardroom.
Of the 100 or so people in the audience at the school cafeteria, about a dozen spoke about Rauner’s plan and the board’s proposed supportive resolution.
All of them criticized the plan, saying it would lower wages and hurt middle-class families. […]
When it came time for the trustees to speak, they were similarly critical of the resolution.
* Voters should decide on a local right-to-work law, Effingham County Board says: The Effingham County Board passed a non-binding resolution on Monday supporting the “local empowerment” aspect of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s economic agenda. The seven Republicans on the board supported the resolution, while the two Democrats opposed it. Before the vote, the board heard opposition from union leaders such as Jason McKinley of the Illinois Building Trades Council.
* Charleston Representatives, community members speak out about resolution: John Kraft, a graduate student of political science and a member of the Edgar County Watchdogs, said he supported the resolution; however, he thought the way the council passed it was problematic. “I previously asked the council and the mayor to place it in a new agenda and vote on it again after complying with the Illinois Open Meetings Act,” Kraft said.
* Residents address Charleston City Council on right-to-work resolution
* Campton village trustees delay decision on prevailing wage act - Will discuss the issue again in May
* Union Files Lawsuit Alleging Meeting Violation By McHenry County Board: A labor union claims the McHenry County Board violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act when at least eight of its members gathered at a private discussion with Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Woodstock Opera House April 8. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 filed a lawsuit against the County Board April 17, accusing board members of failing to comply with a state law that requires the public be allowed to attend government meetings. “It appears to be a very, very clear violation of the Open Meetings Act,” said Edward Maher, a spokesman for Countryside-based IUOE Local 150.
* McLean County suggests mandates Illinois could eliminate: The county has submitted recommendations, such as tightening eligibility requirements for the state municipal retirement fund , reducing the number of property tax exemptions, eliminating juror pay, no longer publishing legal notices and pulling back on expanded voter access.