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Ives turns spotlight on Democrats’ budgetary failure to pay promised 2011 AFSCME pay raises




SPRINGFIELD – While the Democrats were given all types of accolades for giving giving raising to state employee union workers back in 2011, the Democrat majority in the Illinois House and Senate never found the funds to actually deliver on those raises. Year after year, the state budget was passed with Democrats calling all the budget spending shots – along with a 32% tax hike last year – but somehow the unions' raises were overlooked. 

Years passed. Governor Quinn lost re-election in 2014. No pay raises came to fruition. Then Governor Bruce Rauner was elected. Still, with the Democrats in control, union workers didn't get their pay raises. 

Until now.

This week, Democrat State Rep. Jerry Costello brought before the Illinois House a bill separate from the state's required annual budget that would catch AFSCME workers up for their never-attained raises. 

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, spoke during Thursday's debate on House Bill 4290, and laid out the problem with the voting tactic Speaker Madigan was implementing with Costello's bill to get Republicans on record. Madigan always uses votes like this one for nasty campaign literature.
Anything to get downstate workers' attention off the failed Democrat strategy and onto Republicans voting against a pay raise for AFSCME workers – a trick that has fooled ill-informed Illinois voters for decades. 


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  1. No matter. Union leadership will support the Democrats anyway, using their members’ dues for contributions to the Democrat Party…
    …while that same Democrat Party continues to screw the union members.