Traverse City Record-Eagle


Illinois Union Holdout-3

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2012 file photo Mike Phillips, of Vandalia, Ill., and other union protesters, supporters, and labor leaders boo Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in protest saying he is betraying the Democratic party's tradition of supporting working men and women, during Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The ability of Illinois unions to withstand the pressures that broke down their colleagues in other states could be tested during a veto session beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, as lawmakers try for the umpteenth time to confront the nearly $100 billion shortfall in the public-employee pension system, the largest in the nation. The Legislature is under pressure to consider slashing pension benefits or requiring employees to contribute more to their own retirement funds or to retire at a later age. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)