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Sep 22, 2020
New! It's time to vote!

This election is like no other. Election Day is November 3 but you can vote early or request your mail-in ballot TODAY.

Sep 22, 2020
New! AFSCME Endorsements: 2020 General Election

Vote for our future! AFSCME Illinois PEOPLE has endorsed the following candidates who will fight not just for workers’ rights but the health, safety and dignity of every human being.

Oct 16, 2020
New! Vote YES for Tom Kilbride

Mark your ballot YES to retain Judge Tom Kilbride on the Illinois Supreme Court. Don’t miss or skip that question on the ballot. Your retirement security is at stake.

Oct 15, 2020
New! Vote to re-elect Verna Thompson for MEABF Trustee

AFSCME Council 31 recommends the re-election of Verna Thompson in the upcoming 2020 MEABF Trustee election.

Sep 28, 2020
New! Vote to re-elect Kevin Ochalla to the Cook County Pension Fund

Mail ballots must be received by the Cook County Pension Fund no later than October 28 to be counted.

Oct 14, 2020
New! Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea calls for action on stimulus

"This should not be a partisan issue. The coronavirus is devastating all communities governed by officials from both parties. And federal aid is designed to save jobs and public services everywhere."

Jul 31, 2020
Fair Tax facts: Don't be misled!

The Fair Tax amendment is popular, necessary and the right thing to do. Opponents who want to avoid paying their share try to confuse voters about what fair tax reform will do. Here are the facts to fight back against their false attacks.

Oct 08, 2020
New! Trump blocks aid to state, local governments

President Trump said on Tuesday, October 6 that he would halt all negotiations for a coronavirus relief bill with Congress until after the election.

Oct 08, 2020
New! Why We Vote

An interview with Maja Lindall (age 10), On the Move contributing artist.

Sep 01, 2020
Stay Safe: Suicide Awareness Month

Twelve employees at the Department of Corrections died by suicide last year. During Suicide Awareness month, AFSCME is sharing a message of hope and concern.

Jul 29, 2020
Illinois expands vote by mail

Safe voting options increased during ongoing pandemic when Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law expanding the state’s vote-by-mail program for the general election in November.

Aug 31, 2020
VIDEO: AFSCME is ready to meet this moment

Members of the AFSCME Council 31 Executive Board share their thoughts on the challenges before us as we work to end ingrained racism.

Aug 29, 2020
Larry Marquardt Scholarship winners head to college

Congratulations to three children of AFSCME members—Rachel Ashley, Mary Hicks and Edward McMillian—who were awarded AFSCME Council 31’s 2020 Larry Marquardt Scholarship.

Aug 20, 2020
Fighting the virus

Tens of thousands of AFSCME members have been at their worksites daily throughout the pandemic in cities, counties, universities, school districts, and nonprofit agencies all across the state, performing work deemed essential.

Aug 04, 2020
Layoffs, budget cuts loom if Senate Republicans don’t act

President Trump and Senate Republicans are refusing to include critical aid to state and local governments in a new federal coronavirus relief package.

Jul 22, 2020
O School counselors join AFSCME

Support our newest AFSCME members as they advocate for their students and one other at the bargaining table.

Jun 22, 2020
Surviving COVID-19—with pay

Both Josh Howard and Erin Hamilton-Howard—members of AFSCME Local 2073—tested positive for COVID-19 early in the pandemic. AFSCME helped make sure they had the paid time off they needed.

Jun 15, 2020
On the Job: Alishia Glover

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, Local 2081

Jun 15, 2020
Raising awareness, building unity

AFSCME members in the Illinois Department of Corrections have long been part of building awareness and raising funds for the Special Olympics.

Jun 11, 2020
Laid off education employees can apply for unemployment

If you are a non-instructional employee in a school district, university or other educational setting, act quickly to receive unemployment benefits this summer.

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