Illinois lawmakers hope to have a second shot at reaching a compromise with public employees over pensions, but the unions are pinning their hopes on the court system.
Members of the largest public employees union in Illinois voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract with the state. 96% of those who voted were in favor of the pact.
AFSCME and Governor Pat Quinn's administration reached a deal in late February. But in order for it to take effect, a majority of the union's members had to agree to it.
AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said this may have been the toughest negotiations the union's ever experienced.
40,000 state employees in Illinois no longer have a contract.
Governor Pat Quinn on November 20 took the unprecedented step of terminating Illinois' contract with the state's largest public employees union, AFSCME.
The contract expired in June, but the two sides agreed to multiple extensions as they negotiated over a new one.
It's class warfare, on the policy front.
A letter from the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago shames Illinois lawmakers for not doing anything to address the state’s growing pension debt.
President Ty Fahner said unless there is a major overhaul, the systems will collapse under their own weight.