Register to Vote! Check out the 2018 LiUNA Endorsed Candidates



Brothers and Sisters,

Now more than ever in our great state we are defending our livelihoods and our futures. Our governor has worked tirelessly to dismantle organized labor and to lower our wages so that we can’t fight back anymore. We have seen the destruction this type of leadership and legislation has caused our fellow union members surrounding us in our neighboring states.

Keep this in mind, YOUR VOTE MATTERS!

Illinois elects a governor directly by a count of each vote. Therefore, YOUR VOTE MATTERS! Each and every ballot that is cast is then counted directly towards the candidates final number. The days of “I don’t need to vote, it doesn’t matter” are long gone. In a statewide election EVERY VOTE MATTERS!

Here is a link for the Chicago Laborers District Council website that includes the 2018 election calendar, endorsed candidates, and links to register to vote.

Here is a direct link to the LiUNA endorsed candidates list.

Here is a direct link to register to vote!

If you are not sure if you are registered, it takes less than 1 minute to check.

The endorsed candidate list and registration to vote is also directly available on the Laborers Local One App. 

The time is now brothers and sisters. Spread the word! We must get involved to save our futures and our great state of Illinois.




Tollway needs help from motorists to ensure worker safety

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Last year, we lost one of our colleagues at the Illinois Tollway when he was struck and killed by a vehicle while working along the Tri-State Tollway. Nearly a year to the day after that tragedy, we lost yet another member of our extended family when construction worker Frank Caputo died after being hit by a car while repairing pavement in a work zone on the Tri-State Tollway.

The Illinois Tollway is committed to safety. That commitment is not only to our customers, but also to the Illinois State Police, first responders who patrol our roads, to the workers who build and maintain our system and to our employees who manage our entire system.

Those on our construction sites are out there every day working to deliver safer and better roads for our commuters and our commuters owe it to them to slow down and avoid distracted and impaired driving. Distracted motorists talking on the phone, texting, eating, impaired or reckless — we’ve seen it all.

The same night Frank Caputo was killed, a crew several miles down the road lived to tell their story of another motorist flying through their work zone nearly striking them. Their story is frightening. We as a Tollway are proud of our record on safety, but we can always do better. It is unacceptable for any of our workers to be hurt or killed. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve work zone safety and adopt new technology to protect the workers on our roads and the motoring public.

We are working with Illinois State Police District 15 to ensure more troopers on our roadways are available to conduct additional speed and safety enforcement details in work zones. Drivers who endanger workers need to know they will be held accountable for their actions.

To reinforce this message, the Tollway is joining with State Sen. Tom Cullerton to propose new safety legislation that enacts a $1,000 fine for drivers who intentionally cut through work zones. Current work zone penalties impose fines for speeding, but not specifically for drivers who encroach on work zones. The proposed legislation would increase the maximum fine for a driver who strikes a worker from $10,000 to $25,000. We believe that making these changes will provide more protection for roadway workers by deterring drivers from making dangerous decisions.

We plan to work closely with legislators to see that these proposals become law and will continue to look at different and innovative ways to make our roads safer for our workers and first responders. We’re committed to safety, but we can’t do it alone. We need our customers to help us. We are asking customers to alert us when they see drivers flagrantly ignoring work zone speed limits, driving around construction barriers or cutting through work zones — endangering not only workers, but themselves.

Most importantly, we are asking all of our customers to slow down in work zones, to think first about the safety of our workers and first responders. We can keep everyone safer if we all work together.

Bob Schillerstrom is chairman of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.

By Bob Schillerstrom

Guest columnist

Photo Credit: Bob Schillerstrom

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AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka: ‘On November 6 we’re going to have one hell of a party — a Scott Walker retirement party’


Richard Trumka came to Milwaukee Tuesday to fire up labor activists and tear into Gov. Scott Walker.

The national president of the AFL-CIO used his address at the group’s state convention to portray Walker as a “little puppet” of the billionaire Koch brothers.

Walker, the two-term Republican governor whose Act 10 crippled organized labor in 2011, faces Democrat Tony Evers in the fall.

“On November 6 we’re going to have one hell of a party — a Scott Walker retirement party,” Trumka said.

He indicated that the party would see labor gather at a union hotel and thank Walker for bringing it together.

“And then we’re going to put his sorry ass on a bus and send him back to Koch land where he belongs,” Trumka said.

Trumka also pushed back at Walker’s accusation that Evers is being “bought and paid for by the unions.”

Trumka said Evers will “represent workers” to try to raise wages and make sure people are employed.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Trumka reflected on labor’s recent history in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin has become a key battleground as Republicans in the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker enacted Act 10, which curtailed collective bargaining for most public-sector workers.

Since then, Wisconsin became a right-to-work state and the state’s prevailing wage laws were dialed back.

“I think Wisconsin was probably the first great overreach that spawned a renaissance, the comeback,” Trumka said.

He said in recent years there has been an “explosion of collective action” in the country, including statewide teacher strikes in West Virginia, Arizona and Oklahoma, the rise of the Me Too movement and Black Lives Matter.

Asked why labor and Democrats can beat Walker this fall, when they failed to beat him in the 2012 recall and 2014 election, Trumka said: “Because he’s run out of excuses. People understand who he is and who he works for. They know he doesn’t work for the good of the average citizens in Wisconsin.”

“If you’re in the top 1 percent, that’s your guy,” Trumka said. “Vote for him, support him. They’re going to try and get him elected. They’re going to pour millions of dollars to try and protect their investment. He’s their investment. The average worker is saying, ‘it ain’t working for us Scott.’ “

Trumka said the AFL-CIO is organizing in Wisconsin and elsewhere to make “member to member” contacts to get people to the polls to support labor-backed members.

He’s optimistic about the fall election in Wisconsin, noting a string of special election victories by Democrats in legislative races.

“Working people are saying to this state, ‘you’re going in the wrong direction. We want a different direction,’ ” he said.

Alec Zimmerman, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, sought to downplay Trumka’s comments.

“It’s no surprise that big-government union bosses are propping up Tony Evers because he would put them back in charge of state government and take Wisconsin back to the days of massive tax hikes, billion-dollar budget deficits, and record job losses,” Zimmerman said in a statement.

He added: “Thanks to Scott Walker’s reforms, taxpayers are back in charge, our state’s unemployment has been at or below three percent for seven consecutive months, we’re making historic investments in our classrooms, and taxes have been cut by over $8 billion.”

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Published 12:58 p.m. CT Sept. 25, 2018 | Updated 5:06 p.m. CT Sept. 25, 2018

Article Photo: (Photo: Bill Glauber) National AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka addresses delegates Tuesday as the organization’s state labor convention in Milwaukee(Photo: Bill Glauber)

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Laborers Local One

Laborers Local One monthly membership meeting is moved to TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018 at 7pm. We have moved our meeting due to the LiUNA Leadership Conference. Be aware that we will also do a robocall to all members. Please let your fellow union members know as well. Thank You.


FROM: James P. Connolly, Business Manager & Charles Lo Verde, Secretary-Treasurer

Daniel Didech for State Rep. Labor Walk

Daniel Didech, Labor endorsed candidate for State Representative (59th) is having a Labor Walk this Saturday, September 22nd and has requested volunteers from the area to knock on doors.


Please contact

Michael Marks at (847) 287-0377 or

What: Door knocking for Daniel Didech for State Rep.

When: Saturday, September 22, meet at 10:00am

Where: Didech for State Rep. Headquarters


160 McHenry Road

Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

(Behind Boston Market)

Morning Spin: Gov. Bruce Rauner dangles capital bill for billions in road, bridge, other projects — after the election

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Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Wednesday that $20 million in grants will be made available for Chicago-area rail and government bus projects as part of the nationwide settlement from Volkswagen over misleading emission detection devices.

The Republican governor said the grants are not a substitute for a comprehensive state infrastructure measure. But, he said, funding such a package was dependent upon “structural changes” in the economy that have routinely found him at odds with Democratic lawmakers over his pro-business, union-weakening agenda.

The grants, the initial portion of $108 million in funding over 10 years to include programs for the rest of the state, are aimed at removing dirty diesel engines from service and include those on Metra commuter rail lines. Agencies and communities must apply for the grant dollars.

Such funding however, pales in comparison with a capital maintenance backlog of nearly $20 billion for Chicago-area transit agencies, according to the Regional Transportation Authority. In addition, Rauner’s proposed budget estimated another $7.4 billion in deferred maintenance of state property. And there are billions of dollars more needed for road, bridge and waterway construction and repair.

Illinois’ last capital program took effect a decade ago. From his first days as a candidate, Rauner has repeatedly talked of the need for a new program, including making it a point to Downstate audiences where road and bridge funding are prominently sought by regional politicians.

On Wednesday, Rauner dangled the potential of a capital bill after the Nov. 6 election, though he declined to say what funding sources would be used to finance bonds to enact a massive infrastructure plan.

“I hope and believe that shortly after the election in November, we will come together. I’ve had some indications from members of the General Assembly that we’ll all come together and get done promptly a large capital bill,” Rauner said at Union Station, the site of recent problems involving Metra delays to suburban commuters.

Rauner acknowledged the “need to significantly increase” transportation infrastructure investment” and said the state is “hurting our economic competitiveness, our job creation and our economic growth” because it has been “behind for many, many years.”

But Rauner continued to back public-private partnerships to help fund capital projects.

As for new revenue to finance a capital program, Rauner said the state should “make the structural changes in our economy so we’re growing more, reduce the regulatory burden on our businesses, reduce the … income tax burden on our businesses, so that we can bring more businesses here, grow our tax base.” As a result, Rauner said, “We will have more than enough revenue to fund a large capital program.”

But those “structural changes” also have included Rauner’s push to eliminate a requirement that prevailing regional union wages be paid to construction workers on public projects, and other efforts to weaken private and public sector collective bargaining.

Such concepts are anathema to Democrats, who hold majorities in the Illinois House and Senate and count on organized labor as a core partisan constituency. (Rick Pearson)

By: Chicago Tribune staff

Article Photo: Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to the media after signing a bill that would allow patients who normally would be prescribed opioids for pain to instead be allowed to use medical marijuana in Chicago on Aug. 28, 2018. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)

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NBC/Marist poll: Pritzker up by 16, Rauner 2-to-1 unfavorable rating


Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker holds a 16 percentage point advantage over a deeply unpopular Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner heading into the closing months of the general election campaign, an NBC News/Marist poll showed Tuesday.

The poll found Pritzker with 46 percent support compared to 30 percent for Rauner with another 13 percent undecided — a relatively low figure at this stage of political campaigns. The survey found Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson with 6 percent and Republican state Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview, running under the Conservative Party banner, with 4 percent.

The survey, conducted for NBC News by the Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., surveyed 831 adults from Aug. 12-16, and has an error margin of 4.2 percentage points. Those polled included 734 registered voters.

The poll found that among Illinois residents surveyed, Rauner was viewed unfavorably by 52 percent, while only little more than a quarter of voters, 26 percent, had a favorable impression of him.

Despite Rauner’s extensive advertising to damage Pritzker, which dated back to before the March primary, the Democratic candidate was viewed favorably by 38 percent and unfavorably by 35 percent. Another 27 percent were unsure or had no opinion of Pritzker.

The poll showed Pritzker ahead of Rauner among self-described independent voters 43 percent to 25 percent and among those with a moderate ideology, 50 percent to 25 percent. Rauner had the advantage among self-described conservatives 55 percent to 20 percent and was backed by 71 percent of supporters of Donald Trump despite the governor’s aversion to speaking about the controversial president.

Pritzker led Rauner 58 percent to 21 percent among Cook County and Chicago voters while the Republican governor had a narrow 40 percent to 34 percent advantage in what has been the traditionally GOP leaning collar counties, the poll showed. Among Downstate voters, both men split voters in northern sections of the state while Pritzker had a 10 percentage point advantage in central and southern Illinois which is a critical area of support for Rauner.

Rauner has sought to appeal to African-American voters in his campaign but Pritzker is backed by 78 percent of blacks compared with 5 percent for Rauner, the poll found, while white voters were split almost equally between the two. Latino voters favored Pritzker 44 percent to 26 percent.

Support from men and women was almost equal for both candidates. Pritzker led among men, 45 percent to 31 percent, and among women, 46 percent to 29 percent, the survey showed.

The survey also found Illinois, which backed Democrat Hillary Clinton for the presidency in 2016 by 17 percentage points, showing little support for Trump among registered voters.

By a 2-to-1 ratio, 60 percent have an unfavorable impression of the president while 30 percent view him favorably, the poll showed.

As for how Trump is doing his job, 56 percent disapprove while 31 percent approve. Among those surveyed, 43 percent said they strongly disapproved of the president’s job performance while 19 percent strongly approved.

In addition, 57 percent of voters said more Democrats were needed in Congress to serve as a check on Trump’s power, while 32 percent said more Republicans should be in Congress to help the president’s agenda, the poll showed.

By: Rick Pearson

Chicago Tribune

Twitter @rap30

Article Photo: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker. (Chicago Tribune photos)

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