Civic Federation calls for tax hikes, opposes sensible reform in budget criticism

By Adam Schuster
05/17/2018
The Civic Federation’s criticism of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget is a mixed bag, with its own proposals for Illinois’ financial crisis – including nearly $3 billion in tax hikes – missing the mark.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, budget, Civic Federation, health insurance, income tax, laurence msall, LGDF: Local Government Distributive Fund, municipal pensions, pensions, progressive income tax, taxes

Illinois AFSCME workers receive, on average, nearly $110,000 in total compensation

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner
04/04/2017
The highest state worker salaries in the nation, overtime pay, generous state pensions, taxpayer-subsidized health care coverage and free retiree health insurance for career workers combine to give the average Illinois AFSCME worker six-figure annual compensation.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, health insurance, state worker pay

Never enough: AFSCME votes to strike, declines Rauner’s contract offer that retained many lavish perks

By Mailee Smith
02/23/2017
The state’s largest government-worker union just voted to authorize a strike for state workers. The union perpetuates a myth that Gov. Bruce Rauner is waging war on the middle class – all while ignoring that his contract offer to state workers includes benefits unavailable to most Illinoisans working in the private sector.

TAGS: AFSCME: American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, Bruce Rauner, health insurance, pensions