U.S. Steel to idle Gary Works coke plant, displacing 300

GARY, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel has announced it will close the coke-making plant at its Gary Works, displacing about 300 workers.

John Roska: Paying taxes for household workers

Q: Do I have to pay taxes or Social Security for baby sitters, or people who work around my house? What happens if I don't?

A: If you paid someone $1,900 in 2014, you're supposed to pay Social Security tax. If you paid a total $1,000 per calendar quarter to one or more employees, you're supposed to pay federal and state unemployment taxes.

Updated: Rauner's pension plan not exactly popular at UI

URBANA — The headlines over the pension debate in Springfield focus on billion-dollar shortfalls, last-minute legislative deals, court challenges and an outcry over six-figure pensions.

For Denise Jayne and her co-workers, it's about having a livable income when they retire.

Applications for U.S. unemployment aid plummet to 283,000


'Legal uncertainty' about Rauner plan for pensions

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to reduce the state's pension debt — by moving most state workers to a less-generous benefit plan — would likely force the University of Illinois to "fill the gap" for its employees, one expert says.

Grand jury investigating Caterpillar's finances abroad

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. says a federal grand jury is investigating the Peoria-based company's financial dealings in the U.S. and abroad.

Cut in hours ahead for Champaign library if board OKs cuts

What's your answer to these problems? Let Tom Kacich know here

CHAMPAIGN — No matter what the financially ailing Champaign Public Library does to cut costs, Director Marsha Grove knows somebody isn't going to like it.

Updated: State certifies UI-Springfield faculty union

SPRINGFIELD — A second University of Illinois campus has formed a union for tenure-system faculty, even as organizing efforts continue at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board has certified the faculty union at the UI Springfield, which has 137 members and is affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Teachers, union leaders said.

Updated: Rauner says minimum wage hike needs other reforms

DECATUR — Gov. Bruce Rauner indicated Friday that he would not sign a bill, already approved by the state Senate, that would raise the state minimum wage to $9 on July 1 and to $11 by 2019.

Full transcript: Rauner's State of the State address

Today marks a new beginning for Illinois.

And a new partnership between the General Assembly and the governor.

Last November, voters made it clear they want bipartisan government. They want a government where people come together to solve problems and get things done.