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Most outrageous ad yet attacks Mathis

By CARL GREEN Illinois Correspondent Gillespie, IL – This election has been full of misleading and false claims about legislative candidates, but the most outrageous attack yet may be the one that tries to use Illinois House candidate Mike Mathis’s leadership of a Democratic Party organization to tie him to a child pornographer. Former State […]

Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans endorses Mathis

By CARL GREEN Correspondent Gillespie, IL – The Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans has endorsed Democratic candidate Mike Mathis of Gillespie for state representative in the 95th District. “Mike Mathis has shown a record of public service with a commitment to issues impacting senior citizens,” the group stated. “As a U.S. Army Veteran and former […]

Miners step up to support Mathis for legislature

By CARL GREEN Illinois Correspondent Gillespie, IL – The retired coal miners of southern Illinois have seen seemingly endless changes in their lives – there are no young union miners in the state to help carry on their traditions, and their pensions and health benefits are constantly under attack. So it’s meaningful to them to see a […]

Union man Mathis seeks to reclaim House seat for Democrats

Collinsville, IL – Mike Mathis, a longtime union member and public official, aims to give Gov. Bruce Rauner a black eye in the November election by winning a seat in the House of Representatives over Rauner’s hand-picked candidate. Mathis, most recently circuit clerk of Macoupin County, is running in the heavily rural 95th House District, just north of Metro […]

Illinois leaders see some bright spots, vow to stay positive

By CARL GREEN Illinois Correspondent Collinsville, IL – The mood was somber but not quite grim as Metro-East Labor leaders recently got together to hash over the general election results. They were painfully aware that many of their members had voted for Donald Trump for president. “The membership spoke. We’ve just got to be positive about […]

Democrats post some wins in Metro-East

The Democratic Party’s difficulties were evident in the Metro-East and Illinois as well as nationally. One bright spot was the victory of Tammy Duckworth over incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. Another was that of Susana Mendoza for state comptroller. Union-supported Democrats were successful in some legislative races and managed to keep substantial House and Senate majorities […]

Illinois Coal Museum brings great promise to a small city

Miners’ story will be told By CARL GREEN Illinois Correspondent GILLESPIE, IL – The Metro-East and Southwestern Illinois are steadily becoming a vital region for maintaining and showing the history of labor unions and their members. The Belleville Labor and Industry Museum is a strong presentation of the city’s industrial past, and the Mother Jones […]

Metro East may be key to veto-proof House

By CARL GREEN Correspondent Collinsville, IL – Democrats hold 71 seats in the Illinois House of Representatives. That’s just enough to overturn a veto by Governor Bruce Rauner – with none to spare, not even one. Unfortunately for several bills, including some supporting union goals, the party has not been able to hold its paper-thin margin together […]

Stewart sees potential for labor gains in November

By CARL GREEN Illinois Correspondent Collinsville – Dale Stewart is getting excited about the November election. Stewart, executive secretary-treasurer of the Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council, recently returned from the 12th Congressional District COPE meeting in Springfield, where the region’s labor candidates were approved for endorsement. Stewart thinks there is potential to pick up […]

Democrats fail again to override veto of Illinois union bill

Springfield, IL – Two northern Illinois Democratic state representatives foiled the party’s attempts recently to overturn the veto of a bill that would have protected union workers in contract negotiations. Illinois AFSCME ran a strong campaign to overturn Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of House Bill 580, which would have allowed use of an arbitrator in deadlocked […]

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