NAFTA is a rigged game that has been decimating communities and pushing working people down the income ladder for a quarter century, and today’s announcement is another step in the continuing process of renegotiating NAFTA. Renegotiation is a mammoth undertaking.
Editor’s note: The weekly Illinois Bicentennial series is sponsored by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors and Illinois Press Association. More than 20 newspapers are creating stories about the state’s history, places and key moments in advance of the Bicentennial on Dec. 3, 2018. Stories published up to this date can be found at 200Illinois.com.
A new permanent exhibit, Challenges, Choices & Change: Working for a Living, opens Saturday, September 8, 1 p.m. at the McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main Street, Bloomington, Illinois. A trades & skills fair is planned around the Old Courthouse Square from 1:30 - 4 p.m. and the evening before.
The Bloomington & Normal Trades & Labor Assembly (AFL-CIO), the central labor council for all McLean County unions, and the Livingston & McLean Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, which consists of construction unions, jointly interviewed local candidates and voted on the following endorsements for McLean County races:
Sheriff- Jon Sandage (R)
A tight race is developing in the 13th Illinois Congressional District, with unions splitting their endorsement between incumbent Republican Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.
The 13th District includes Bloomington-Normal’s center, extending south to Edwardsville and including parts of Champaign-Urbana, Decatur and Springfield.
The annual Bloomington Labor Day marches on Monday, September 3, 10 a.m., from downtown Bloomington to Miller Park. This year's parade theme is: "Your Voice - Your Vote."
The annual parade, Bloomington's largest, features union marching groups, construction equipment, high school bands, community organizations and elected officials and aspirants for office.