The years 2010 through 2019 will go down in Illinois history as a decade of public policy failure and economic decline. High fixed costs for pensions and government worker health care have prevented the state from balancing its budget in any year since 2001. Since the Great Recession in 2008, the state’s fiscal imbalance has...View Report
Across all five state retirement systems, typical career workers pay for about 5% of the cost of their pension benefits. They receive an average of $1.7 million to $3.6 million.
Educators across the state are exercising their rights, with 12,000 fewer public school employees sending dues or fees to teachers unions today than before the Janus v. AFSCME ruling.
Six years after last threatening to strike, the teachers union walked the picket line – a collective bargaining tactic not allowed in any of Illinois’ neighboring states.
Senate Bill 3622 would reverse recently passed restrictions on pension spiking, raising the cap on end-of-career salary increases to 6 percent from 3 percent.
Government workers’ union dues are passed on to state and national affiliates, which spend millions of dollars on political activities and lobbying every year.
Illinois’ biggest public-sector unions fail to meet the standard for nonprofits.
Union officials backed the very pension "holidays" they blame for Illinois' pension crisis.
The Illinois Education Association, or IEA, is training its members to advocate for a plan that, ironically, increases taxes on teachers.