Governor Pat Quinn

Revenue Short of Goal
6:29 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Jury Out on Impact of Cigarette Tax Hike

Credit EUobserver.com

A little more than a year ago, Illinois nearly doubled its cigarette tax to $1.98. The goal was to raise $350 million to help support the Medicaid system, but that mark hasn’t been reached.

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Three-Year Deal
3:38 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

AFSCME Members Ratify Pact

AFSCME members protested when contract talks dragged
Credit AFSCME31.org

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.

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Agreement with SEC
7:38 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Illinois to Release More Pension Info

Illinois will disclose more details about its underfunded pensions systems following an agreement with the Securities and Exchanges Commission.

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AFSCME Pact in Illinois
6:29 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Retirees to Help Pay for Healthcare

Credit Rich Egger

Retired state workers in Illinois now know how much they will be required to contribute to their health care costs. The details are in the tentative contract agreement between the state and AFSCME.

The pact also will give the state the savings it had already been counting on.

Until now, state and university employees who retired after long government careers had not been required to pay any health care premiums. A new state law changed that, but how much they would pay was subject to contract negotiations, which dragged on for 15 months.

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Few Details Released
6:38 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

AFSCME Contract Agreement in Illinois

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Credit Rich Egger

After 15 months of negotiating, Illinois' largest government-employee union has reached a tentative contract deal with the administration of Governor Pat Quinn.

AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said the specifics will be kept private for now.

“It's a three-year agreement. The details are going to be reviewed by our entire rank-and-file membership. ... The ratification process will get started the week of this coming Monday, March 4," Lindall said. 

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