Bill Knight

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Bill Knight – March 21
11:04 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Proposals and Polls about Pension Reform

Bill Knight

Most Illinois House members recently backed a measure to limit the salary on which public employees’ retirement benefits could be based. One of a few proposals to address the state’s $96 billion pension shortfall, it was seen as a test vote as lawmakers grapple with some way to make good on years of the legislature failing to make its payments.

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Bill Knight – March 14
1:16 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Feds Take Note of Income Inequality

Bill Knight

Labor income “has been declining as a share of total income earned in the United States for the past three decades,” according to a new analysis on income inequality from an unlikely supporter of economic justice: the Federal Reserve, which adds, “The capital share, by stark contrast, has been increasing.

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Bill Knight – March 7
11:43 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Rural EMS Faces Challenges in Illinois

Bill Knight

Even if lawmakers may not always realize the consequences for rural areas if Emergency Medical Services troubles aren’t addressed, operations fold, and rural residents have to rely on help from bigger cities, State Rep. Don Moffitt appreciates how everyday people get it.

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Bill Knight – February 28
1:08 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Preventing Wage Theft in Illinois

Bill Knight
Credit Rich Egger

(Editor’s note: due to a technical glitch with this week’s recording, we are presenting an encore presentation of an earlier commentary by Bill Knight)

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Bill Knight - February 21
10:38 am
Wed February 20, 2013

The Drop in Union Membership

Bill Knight

The recent release of a government report regarding the numbers and percentages of U.S. employees belonging to unions or working where unions represent them made headlines but most newscasts or stories lacked context. It’s an occasion for a statistical “status report.”

The percentage of the U.S. labor force belonging to unions fell 0.5% from 2011 to 2012, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The drop went from 11.8% to 11.3% – from 14.8 million to 14.4 million Americans.

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