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Category: State Budget

May 14, 2020
Coronavirus raises stakes for Fair Tax

The Fair Tax has always been about creating a tax system that works for all Illinoisans and putting our state on the path to fiscal sustainability, and it’s clear that is needed more than ever in the wake of this pandemic.

May 14, 2020
One CEO’s pension: $274,000 a month for life

Every time we turn around, some politician or pundit is launching an attack on the modest pensions of public employees. But anti-pension pols go strangely silent when their big business pals go out the door with exorbitant pensions.

May 13, 2020
Public sector workers continue to be the backbone of our state, city

“Public service workers deserve our thanks for their work during this crisis.” —Bob Reiter, Chicago Federation of Labor president

May 05, 2020
Fund the front lines

Frontline public service workers—like tens of thousands of AFSCME members across Illinois—are putting their lives at risk to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Tell Congress to do its part to fund the front lines.

Apr 15, 2020
Virus crisis hits Illinois budget

Driving costs up and revenues down, COVID-19 has blown a huge hole in state spending plans, raising the threat of cuts and layoffs. Congress must approve federal help for states ASAP.

Apr 14, 2020
Victory north of the border!

The good people of Wisconsin made some important history last week by electing pro-labor justice Jill Karofsky to the state’s Supreme Court.

Apr 07, 2020
Sewing for safety

When the COVID-19 crisis hit, the shortage of personal protective equipment like face masks became quickly apparent. AFSCME Local 401 member Stacy Mickelson knew she could help.

Apr 06, 2020
COVID-19 Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

The newly-enacted CARES Act requires the Education Secretary to defer student loan payments, principal and interest for six months without penalty to the borrower—and provides other forms of assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 03, 2020
AFSCME urges Families First coverage for all employees

AFSCME members are working hard during the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus, often on the front lines where they are at greater risk for exposure to COVID-19.

Mar 30, 2020
Child care needs during COVID-19 crisis

Many public service workers need help in caring for their children at this critical time—here are resources and additional information.