Illinois to implement bereavement leave for members of public employee union

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Leaders of a public-employee union say Gov. Bruce Rauner administration’s plans to implement bereavement leave for union members is meant to distract Illinois workers and the public from larger contract negotiation issues. The State Journal-Register reports the contract terms will give American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees members paid…

Rauner picks new lottery director

SPRINGFIELD, Ill (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed a gaming industry veteran to lead the Illinois Lottery. The Republican governor filed paperwork Friday with the Illinois Secretary of State to appoint B.R. Lane as superintendent of the lottery system. Lane is a former executive with an Indiana-based computerized gaming company called International Game Technology. He…