The topic on everyone’s mind in Springfield continues to be the budget. The Senate, not in session last week, is scheduled to take votes this week on the bills that compose the “grand bargain”. It will then be up to the House if this effort is to move forward. The House has thus far made no efforts to throw its hat in to the budget ring. No House Appropriations committees have met and expected state revenues, a jumping off point for appropriating money, have not been discussed.
AFSCME Moves Closer to Strike
AFSCME, which represents 38,000 Illinois state government employees, stated that 81% of the workers who participated in a recent advisory ballot voted to authorize a possible strike. Around 28,000 members were eligible to participate in the authorization vote; most of the other workers are employed in jobs at state prisons and juvenile facilities and are prevented by law from striking.