Posting, January 11, 2014

9 January 2014

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

 

We will meet again at Ruby Tuesdays Restaurant at 5203 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Il. On Wednesday, January 15th.The meeting starts at 11 AM. Our speaker is Mr. Richard Whitney. A veteran of Illinois politics, Mr. Whitney will give us his perspective on Illinois’ problems and some possible solutions.

 

Our business for this meeting requires a discussion and vote by members on time sensitive items.

A) Secretary-Treasurer vacancy

B) Voting funds to buy a portable microphone

C) Voting on annual dues for the Illinois Alliance of Retired Americans

D) Selecting a PEOPLE chairperson to attend January and February meetings This is where the President and Chairperson join with other Council 31 retirees and working members to interview and vote on candidates we will be asked to support in November.

 

We are all angry at the legislature’s passage of a bad pension bill. This wasn’t a victory for the politicians or the citizens of Illinois. Those of you who called and lobbied have my deepest thanks. Three years ago, this Sub-Chapter was a roster of names. Today, you have made us an active lobbying group. If politics is the art of the possible, then grassroots community action is required to create a basis for new political possibilities. We will have to build the required power to get reform in Illinois. No one will give it to us. We’ll have to fight for it, then use it. Doing nothing isn’t an option. The legislature will cut our pensions, benefits, and needed services because of money. Illinois has a debt problem because the legislators never dealt with the structural revenue problem. Our job is solving that problem.

 

Sincerely,

Charles Hogan, President

 

 

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From: “A Better Illinois” <info@abetterillinois.org>

Sent: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:34:30 PM

Subject: We’re headed your way

 

 
 
 
  Dear Supporter:—

As you know, the campaign we’ve been building together since last summer has made Fair Tax legislation – with lower tax rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes – a top agenda item in Springfield for the 2014 legislative session. The momentum is on our side!

But if we’re to achieve our goal of getting Fair Tax legislation on the November 2014 ballot – so the voters of Illinois can decide for themselves – now is when the rubber meets the road.

The legislature is set to reconvene in just a few short weeks and starting a week from today, we’ll be holding a series of 2014 Campaign Kickoff events all throughout the state.

It’s now or never to finish the job and reach the goal of the grassroots campaign we’ve been building all year – to ensure politicians in Springfield pass Fair Tax legislation by May 4th of this year so Illinois voters can decide on the upcoming November ballot. If we fail, the current system—which 92% of Illinois voters say is broken and needs to be fixed—will remain in place.

Please click here to see a schedule of 2014 Campaign Kickoff events and pass along this information to your friends, family, and social networks. 

Out-of-state billionaires led by the Koch brothers are already spending tens of thousands of dollars on a campaign to distort a Fair Tax to Illinois voters, all to help big corporations and the rich get special treatment and avoid paying their fair share. But it’s the voters of Illinois—77% of whom support a Fair Tax—who should make the decision on the upcoming November ballot.

The strength and momentum of this grassroots campaign has been truly amazing. Thanks again for all that you’ve done and continue to do. Together, we can defeat these powerful special interests and create A Better Illinois.

 

Kristen Crowell

Campaign Director

A Better Illinois

 

Please click here to see a schedule of 2014 Campaign Kickoff events and pass along this information to your friends, family, and social networks. 

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From: “A Better Illinois” <info@abetterillinois.org>

Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 4:32:54 PM

Subject: This is it

 

 
 
 
  Dear Supporter,

This is exactly what we’ve been building for. Thanks to your help, we’ve made Fair Tax legislation – with lower tax rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes – a top agenda item in Springfield for the 2014 legislative session!

Since we began A Better Illinois last summer, the grassroots and community support from every corner of the state has been tremendous:

  • Commitments from 64 legislative co-sponsors of Fair Tax legislation

But now we face our toughest test yet. There’s a reason Springfield hasn’t enacted long-term, structural reform to fix a budgeting process 92% of Illinoisans believe is broken: powerful special interests that help big corporations and the rich get special treatment to avoid paying their fair share.

Let me give you a glimpse of what we’re up against here. A recent news report revealed leaked secret documents showing out-of-state billionaires (led by the Koch brothers) spending tens of thousands of dollars on – in their own words – the “back drop for a campaign” to spin a Fair Tax to the people of Illinois as “politically toxic.”

It’s the voters of Illinois who should decide what’s best for us—and 77% of Illinois residents support a Fair Tax, with lower tax rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes. That’s right, more than 3 out of 4 Illinois voters(!), and yet big corporations and out-of-state billionaires think they can call the shots so that they and their rich friends can bleed the taxpayers.

For Illinois voters to decide on the upcoming November ballot, we must get politicians in Springfield to pass Fair Tax legislation by May 4th of this year. In the coming weeks, we will be holding events all across Illinois in key legislative districts. And we will continue to call on grassroots supporters like you to overcome the big money and powerful interests defending a broken status quo.

Thanks again for all that you’ve done and continue to do in support of this historic campaign to build A Better Illinois.

 

Kristen Crowell

Campaign Director

A Better Illinois

 

P.S. Please take a moment to contact your legislators in Springfield and tell them to support a Fair Tax with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes. Hearing from you directly makes a huge difference!

AFSCME Retirees, Council 31, Subchapter 161

Intrachapter Communications Committee
John Metz, Chairman
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1 Response to Posting, January 11, 2014

  1. David Rolston says:

    Dear Sisters and Brothers, Feb, 14, 2014
    I am of the considered opinion that our union needs a NEW STRATEGY!

    Instead of endlessly pleading with current legislators to support us, when they already have been bought and paid for by wealthy donors, we must select and support new legislators who believe in us to begin with. The constituencies of pensioneers, teachers and students, environmentalists and labor in general have all been gored or ignored by almost all current Illinois state legislators. The variety of people being hurt indicates a great opportunity.

    THE POLITICAL SELECTION OF LEGISLATORS IN ILLINOIS IN 2014 IS NOT OVER!
    I suggest 2 things.
    1. Check to see how your State Senator and State Representative voted on the draconian Senate Bill 1 in December 3, 2013. If he or she voted yes on this bill, vote against them in the Democratic Primary. if possible. Some have opponents. Also Note: A good alternative candidate to vote for State Rep is Will Guzzardi to teach Toni Berrios a lesson. Yes, I know Toni voted against the SB1 but only after checking to see it couldn’t pass. And,St. Sen. Willie Delgado should be strongly supported; Willie is a pro union, pro pensioneer public servant.

    2. After the Primary get active supporting either the Green Party and/or candidates of the Chicago Teachers’ Union or similar Working Families Party candidates. The Green Party will have a slate of candidates that are pro pensioneer and pro union and pro teacher. Contact ilgp.org to find local chapters. It will never be necessary to plead with these candidates to support us. Do petitioning with the Greens from late March thru June. Participate in the real democratic process. Tell your union friends and acquaintances informally and at meetings what you are doing and thinking. You are somebody worthwhile and together we can help the whole community IF WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO A NEW STRATEGY!

    In Solidarity,
    Dave Rolston
    Member Sub-local 161, AFSCME retirees
    Green Party Member

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