The nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Tax and Budget Accountability lays out the hard facts: Without action to replace revenue lost when income tax rates fall on Jan. 1, Illinois state government will have $3.64 billion less to spend in fiscal year 2016.
A lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court seeks to overturn legislation to drastically reduce the pension benefits of City of Chicago employees and retirees.
The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to an accelerated timetable for the state’s appeal of a ruling striking down pension cuts, but the schedule will give lawyers representing public employees adequate time to prepare their case.
AFSCME Council 31 mourns the sudden passing of state comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, "a great friend of our union and working people across Illinois."
Faith and community leaders in Rockford are rallying behind employees of Rock River Academy who have been fired or suspended for backing a union at the community disability agency.
The General Assembly wrapped up its fall Veto Session without taking action on a supplemental appropriation needed to pay the remainder of the back pay owed to thousands of state workers.
With their insurance premiums set to skyrocket next year, City of Chicago retirees are urging Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council to take action and keep health care affordable.
State Rep. Mike Smiddy says the hard work of AFSCME volunteers and support from the union’s PEOPLE program played a key role in allowing him to continue to fight for working families at the state Capitol.
Lane Evans was a champion of organized labor, veterans and all working people. The 12-term former Congressman from Rock Island died Nov. 5.
AFSCME Council 31 responds to the election of Bruce Rauner as governor of Illinois.
My Brother’s Keeper, a group supporting Department of Corrections employees and their families, is collecting signatures to urge the General Assembly to reopen Tamms CC.
A difficult Election Night had some bright spots, as several candidates who stood with public employees – and enjoyed strong support from AFSCME members – prevailed at the polls.
After six years without a raise, Head Start teachers in Rockford are taking action, demanding that the city agree to a contract that respects the work they do helping low-income families.
The Open Enrollment period for State and University retirees on State of Illinois Medicare Advantage plans runs until November 15.
City of Chicago Retirees should call their aldermen today and tell them: Retirees can’t afford such big increases in our health costs!
More than a year after forming a union, AFSCME members at Stephenson County Nursing Center held a picket to draw attention to management’s refusal to negotiate a fair contract for workers who care for some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.
AFSCME and other unions have asked Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take back from Wall Street hundreds of millions of dollars the city has lost due to fraudulent interest rate swaps.
A strong organizing and lobbying effort by AFSCME members helped persuade the East Moline City Council to reject a bid to privatize garbage services that would have increased fees on residents and put good jobs at risk.
The union won an Illinois appellate court ruling that frontline state employees are owed the wages spelled out in their union contract, and the legislature's failure to appropriate sufficient funds cannot erase the state's obligation to pay.
In this video, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren stirringly defends public services, the employees who provide them, our union and the labor movement. The special message from Senator Warren was screened at the Council 31 PEOPLE conference.