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

By Ted Dabrowski, John Klingner
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
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

Proposed fee on health-insurance plans can’t cover costs of a state-funded exchange

By Naomi Lopez Bauman
Legislation being advanced by state Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Chicago, would attempt to cover costs by charging a fee on every health-insurance plan sold through the state-funded health insurance exchange. This funding mechanism is likely to be insufficient. In fact, the new state tax on insurance plans may need to be three times the amount currently under consideration to truly cover administrative costs.

TAGS: ACA: Affordable Care Act, FEE, health insurance