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  • Bill Raising Caregivers' Pay Vetoed By Rauner
    Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed measures that would increase the minimum wage for workers who care for those with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families, according to the Associated Press.The Republican governor said there simply isn't enough money to support the proposals. The Chicago Tribune reports he has used the same argument to block social service funding efforts during the budget impasse.The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees pushed legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour for workers who help the developmentally disabled. Providers say the current wage of $9.35 has led to a staffing shortage, the closure of the group homes and families without necessary assistance.Two days prior to vetoing the bill, Rauner had acknowledged the shortage and declared that a week in September would honor the workers.The governor said the pay hike would cost the state an additional $330 million a year and doesn't provide any way to cover the added expense.Information provided by the State Journal-Register, AP, and Chicago Tribune 
  • CAT Begins Layoffs
    Caterpillar has begun its layoffs that were announced last month, and workers are finding out whether or not they are still employed.The job cuts at CAT are the result of a new division focusing on research, technology and product development.Most of the job cuts are in engineering.Caterpillar is trying to find them other positions within the company, or have outplacement services to help them find new jobs at other companies...
  • State Voter Registration System Hacked
    The Illinois Board of Elections says the state voter registration system was hacked earlier this summer...
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