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Category: State Budget

Jan 15, 2019
Human services workers fighting to save Mason County DHS office

Through their union, AFSCME, human services employees are speaking out against a push by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to close its office—known as a family community resource center—in Havana, the Mason County seat in central Illinois.

Jan 14, 2019
Good riddance, Rauner—JB Pritzker becomes Illinois governor

Bruce Rauner is out the door. That’s good news for the countless Illinois citizens who were grievously harmed by his vengeance politics, especially the thousands of state employees who were the prime targets of his animus.

Jul 19, 2018
AFSCME members won’t back down

The US Supreme Court’s majority sided with the super-rich in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 on June 27. But AFSCME members know that our freedom to have a strong voice on the job is under assault—and they’re pledging to stick with their union.

Jul 12, 2018
Made whole with union power

Wrongly accused, AFSCME Local 424 member Jason Klingeman lost his job. With the union's help he was reinstated with back pay and benefits. “If it wasn’t for our union, I wouldn’t be here," he said. "We have an awesome union. I am 1,000 percent pleased.”

Jun 18, 2018
Bruce Rauner hurt Western Illinois University

Bruce Rauner visited a campus of Western Illinois University—where hundreds of AFSCME Local 417 members work—on June 14. He failed to mention the damage he did to the WIU over the last three years.

Jun 07, 2018
Illinois has a budget—on time and without Rauner’s demands

For the first time since taking office, Gov. Rauner signed a full budget, on time, on June 4 after the General Assembly adopted it with strong bipartisan support on May 31.

Jun 06, 2018
AFSCME letter to Rauner: Process state employee back pay now

After enactment of state budget, Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch sent a letter to Gov. Rauner calling on him “to immediately direct your agencies to prepare vouchers for the full amount of back wages owed to employees both active and retired.”

May 24, 2018
Back pay bill passes House & Senate

HB 4290, the bill providing funding for wages owed to state employees since 2011, passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives with a veto-proof majority on May 24 and out of the Senate with unanimous support on May 30.

Apr 27, 2018
AFSCME PEOPLE Committee endorses Pritzker for governor

“Illinois needs a leader like JB who will bring people together and who cares about working families,” AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch said.

Mar 21, 2018
AFSCME-backed candidates win in Primary Election

In the March 20 Illinois Primary Election, voters chose candidates best able to carry forward the fight in defense of workers’ rights in the November General Election. Union members made a big difference in these critical races!