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AFSCME Contracts

In November,  Bruce Rauner was elected  to stand up to a powerful political ruling class and to make Illinois government live within its means.   As contract negotiations with the state’s largest public sector union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCSME) continue, the labor union has refused to make any concessions. Their […]


Budget Negotiations

The Illinois Constitution states, “Proposed expenditures shall not exceed funds estimated to be available for the fiscal year as shown in the budget.”   However, the Illinois General Assembly has not passed a balanced budget since 2001. Every year, budget-gimmickry  is used to give the illusion the budget appears balanced, but really isn’t.   A Republican governor […]


Legislator Pay

As legislators failed to pass a budget by the May 31 deadline, state workers are now facing reduced pay and temporary lay-offs. Legislators' paychecks continue to arrive on time.


Pension Reform

Lawmakers should support shifting public employees to a defined contribution, 401(k)-style retirement plan, like what is seen in the private sector. It is time to move beyond the outdated defined benefit structure for Illinois' public employee pensions.