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AFSCME Members Ratify Pact

Mar 20, 2013
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.

Illinois to Release More Pension Info

Mar 11, 2013

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

Retirees to Help Pay for Healthcare

Mar 4, 2013
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.

AFSCME Contract Agreement in Illinois

Feb 28, 2013
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. 

Quinn Delivers State of the State Speech

Feb 6, 2013
Chris Slaby

It's the start of Illinois' new legislative session, and Governor Pat Quinn has now explained what he wants lawmakers to accomplish.  

In his fifth State of the State address since becoming governor, Quinn laid out a wide-ranging agenda:

He wants to allow same-sex couples get married and he wants to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour. He also said lawmakers should pass a measure that would allow voters to register online.

In addition, Quinn called for a ban on the sale of assault weapons.

Illinois’ friends of labor must be feeling a double-whammy double-cross , as Gov. Pat Quinn last month terminated the state’s contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and House Speaker Mike Madigan revived his dormant resolution to limit raises to people who work for the state.

Rich Egger

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.

Capitol Fax

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has finally unveiled his Internet campaign that is supposed to spur legislators to overhaul the state’s retirement systems. 

Quinn is trying to use social media to educate voters about the "squeeze" pension costs are putting on other state spending, such as education.

Rich Egger

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a newly launched public-private partnership designed to improve services for Illinois veterans, military personnel and their families.

Quinn said  Illinois Joining Forces will increase collaboration and make sure veterans find out about services available to them, such as health care and jobs programs.

"We cannot have our service members who fought in Baghdad or now in Kabul or elsewhere in Afghanistan -- they fought there, they shouldn't have to fight for a job when they come home," Quinn said. 

Rich Egger

Illinois state Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) said he's considering another run for governor.

Dillard’s name has often been mentioned as a top candidate for the 20-14 race. He narrowly lost the 2010 gubernatorial primary to fellow Republican Senator Bill Brady, who went on to lose to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn.

“Illinois has gotten a lot worse since the last gubernatorial primary when I ran, and I don’t want to be part of a generation that takes a great state like Illinois, and leaves it mediocre or worse," Dillard said.  

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