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  1. Article number 1 - Governor Quinn Urges Fairer Wages for Women On Equal Pay Day in Illinois
  2. Article number 2 - State Presents Governor’s 2014 Downstate Occupational Safety and Health Award Posthumously to Former IDOT Safety Training Manager
  3. Article number 3 - Actor Martin Sheen Joins Governor Quinn’s Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage
  4. Article number 4 - January 1, 2014 Brings Changes for Illinois Labor Laws
  5. Article number 5 - Constitutionality of ECA Upheld by Illinois Supreme Court
  •  Governor Quinn Urges Fairer Wages for Women On Equal Pay Day in IllinoisGovernor Quinn Urges Fairer Wages for Women On Equal Pay Day in Illinois


    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined local elected officials to recognize Equal Pay Day and raise awareness of the disparity that remains between workplace earnings among women and men. This date, proclaimed by the Governor and designated by the Illinois General Assembly, marks how far into the current year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. Today’s observance is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth and ensure that all Illinois workers are treated fairly.
  •  State Presents Governor’s 2014 Downstate Occupational Safety and Health Award Posthumously to Former IDOT Safety Training Manager

    ​Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan presented a Governor’s Award for Excellence Occupational Health and Safety Award posthumously to Russ W. Ridder, former IDOT Safety Training Manager who passed away in 2011 and was recently nominated for the award. The Governor’s Award recognizes the contributions and efforts of individuals who have made a significant impact on occupational safety and health in downstate Illinois. Dir. Costigan presented the award to Ridder’s widow, Nanci, at the 23rd Annual Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety & Health (DIOSH) Day event on Wednesday, March 5.​​​

  •  Martin Sheen With Governor Quinn Fighting For Raising The Minimum WageActor Martin Sheen Joins Governor Quinn’s Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage

    ​Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by actor Martin Sheen to continue his ongoing fight to raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10. Last year the Governor proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s visit to Chicago’s historic St. Pius V Church is part of his agenda to build an economy that works for everyone.​

  •  Capitol BuildingJanuary 1, 2014 Brings Changes for Illinois Labor Laws

    The Illinois Department of Labor is highlighting changes to labor laws that are effective as of January 1, 2014. These changes include an increase in the number of years contractors, subcontractors and the public body must maintain Prevailing Wage records on a project. and additional reporting requirements for filing certified payrolls with the Department. Also, all claims filed under the Wage Payment and Collection Act - regardless of amount - will be heard through the Department’s formal hearing process. The Employee Classification Act (ECA), which now allows for a formal hearing process to take place during Investigations, adds a personal liability clause for knowingly violating the Act and updates reporting requirements. In addition to the remedial benefits for loss of wages and benefits misclassified employees may be entitled under the Act, 10% of the civil penalties recovered by the Department will now be distributed to all affected employees​.

  •  CourtroomConstitutionality of ECA Upheld by Illinois Supreme Court

    On Friday, February 21, 2014 the Illinois Supreme Court released a decision in Bartlow v. Costigan holding the Illinois Employee Classification Act to be Constitutional. The Employee Classification Act, referred to as ECA, prohibits the improper classification of employees who work in the construction industry as independent contractors. The penalties under the Act for misclassification can be up to $1,000 per day for each person misclassified. The full Act, which was recently amended and includes reporting requirements effective January 1, 2015, can be found here​.

    Read the full Illinois Supreme Court decision​

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  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif04/08/2014 - Governor Quinn Urges Fairer Wages for Women On Equal Pay Day in Illinois
    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today joined local elected officials to recognize Equal Pay Day and raise awareness of the disparity that remains between workplace earnings among women and men. This date, proclaimed by the Governor and designated by the Illinois General Assembly, marks how far into the current year a woman must work, on average, to earn as much as a man earned the previous year. Today’s observance is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive economic growth and ensure that all Illinois workers are treated fairly.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif03/13/2014 - Actor Martin Sheen Joins Governor Quinn’s Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage
    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by actor Martin Sheen to continue his ongoing fight to raise Illinois’ minimum wage from $8.25 to at least $10. Last year the Governor proposed raising the minimum wage in his 2013 State of the State address and today’s visit to Chicago’s historic St. Pius V Church is part of his agenda to build an economy that works for everyone.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/IDOL03/06/2014 - State Presents Governor’s 2014 Downstate Occupational Safety and Health Award Posthumously to Former IDOT Safety Training Manager
    SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) Director Joseph Costigan presented a Governor’s Award for Excellence Occupational Health and Safety Award posthumously to Russ W. Ridder, former IDOT Safety Training Manager who passed away in 2011 and was recently nominated for the award. The Governor’s Award recognizes the contributions and efforts of individuals who have made a significant impact on occupational safety and health in downstate Illinois. Dir. Costigan presented the award to Ridder’s widow, Nanci, at the 23rd Annual Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety & Health (DIOSH) Day event on Wednesday, March 5.

Workforce News

  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/IDES04/14/2014 - Extending Federal Unemployment Would Help 64,000 Illinois Workers
    CHICAGO – When federal long-term unemployment benefits ended in December, 74,000 Illinois workers immediately lost their temporary help. One month later, 64,000 or 86 percent, still were without work, according to an Illinois Department of Employment Security analysis released today.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif04/10/2014 - Governor Quinn Announces $223 Million to Restore Chicago to Rockford Amtrak Service
    ROCKFORD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $223 million state capital investment that will create hundreds of jobs and restart Amtrak service between Rockford and Chicago beginning in 2015. The return of passenger rail to Rockford for the first time since 1981 will begin with one round trip daily between Chicago’s Union Station and a temporary station located in Rockford. Service will be expanded the following year and will eventually continue west to Dubuque, Iowa. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.
  • /IMAGES/SHARE/Logos_Headers/sealnews.gif04/09/2014 - Governor Quinn Unveils Six-Year, $8.6 Billion Transportation Construction Program
    SPRINGFIELD – Days after receiving positive feedback from bond rating agencies regarding his fiscal year 2015 budget plan, Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled a six-year, $8.6 billion construction program that will improve roads and bridges throughout Illinois while making major investments in public transportation. The projects are part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.