In Springfield, Chicago, Decatur, and the Quad Cities, labor leaders strongly criticized Bruce Rauner’s attempt to blame unions for the state’s economic woes. In Champaign, union members turned out to protest his appearance.
Delegates to the AFSCME Council 31 legislative conference set the union's agenda for the coming General Assembly, and heard speeches from Democratic state treasurer Mike Frerichs and Republican state senator Sam McCann.
AFSCME local union leaders at Logan Correctional Center are challenging a report that significantly downplayed the extent of violence at the facility. They've documented some 400 instances of violence against employees and other inmates.