A message from John Metz, Chair, Communications Committee

 

I am saddened to report to you that Charlie Hogan, President of the subchapter for the past ten years, has died. At this time there are no public services planned. Cremation and visitation (virtual) will be handled by Cooney Funeral Home. We will update this site if any further information becomes available. You may use our “Contact Us” page to make any comments that will be directed to his family.

 

At the time of his death Charlie was in the process of preparing material for distribution to all of our members. You may view that material by clicking here.

We will also be using this website to inform you of the latest information about the Covid-19 pandemic. You may view this on our Pandemic Information page (click here or on the menu above).  All members are advised to follow the directives of Governor Pritzker and state health officials and stay in your residence with appropriate social distancing.

 

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No meeting of the subchapter for March, 2020

Because of the serious health crisis now occurring in our state and country, there will be no meeting of the subchapter this month.

In view of the amount of misinformation widely available from Facebook, Twitter, etc. members are advised to go directly to the website of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for the most accurate information on how to deal with this serious threat. Information about Covid-19 (coronavirus) is also regularly updated at AFSCME home page.

Addition, March 18, 2020
A letter from Maria Britton-Sipe, Retiree Coordinator For AFSCME Council 31:

Important Update for Chapter 31 Retirees

As we know, Covid-19 can be dangerous for older adults but people can protect themselves and others from respiratory illness with a few, simple preventive measures. Please read AFSCME’s guidance on how to stay healthy here.

In addition, the CDC is recommending postponing or canceling gatherings of more than 10 people for organizations that serve higher risk populations. Higher risk populations include those over 60 years old as well as those with chronic health conditions. Given this guidance, all AFSCME Retiree Chapters and Subchapters have postponed meetings until the CDC lifts this recommendation.

Finally, we want to assure retirees that we have been in communication with all public sector retirement systems, and pension payment will continue to be paid out as usual. All public sector retirement systems in Illinois are, however, responding to Covid-19 by either closing their offices to the public or limiting the services being provided. If you have any questions or concerns related to your benefits, we strongly urge you to first call their offices instead of visiting at this time.

Thank you and stay safe.

Maria Britton-Sipe
Retiree Coordinator

 

Minutes from February 19, 2020 meeting can be viewed here.

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Announcement of meeting on February 19, 2020

AFSCME Retirees Subchapter 161 will meet at Hackney’s Restaurant on Lake, 1514 E Lake Street, Glenview, on Wednesday, February 19 at 11:30 AM (Socializing and ordering of food to begin at 11:00). The program will a laboratory session on the use of smart phones. Members are encouraged to bring their fully charged cell phones to the meeting.

 

Minutes from January 15, 2020 meeting can be viewed here.

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Announcement of Meeting on January 15, 2020

AFSCME Retirees Subchapter 161 will meet at Hackney’s Restaurant on Lake, 1514 E Lake Street, Glenview, on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:30 AM (Socializing to begin at 11:00).

Our guest speaker will be Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (www.ctbaonline.org/about/ctba-staff). The agenda for the meeting is posted below. Members are encouraged to bring guests. If you will be attending please leave a message at our voicemail number (224-366-7339).

Click here to view minutes of December meeting.

AFSCME Retirees S/C 161 Meeting Jan 15th, 2019
Agenda

11 AM to 11:30: Members order luncheon, socialize; minutes of December meeting distributed.

Please order meal (and ‘early’ coffee) prior to Pledge of Allegiance and request regular coffee/meal to be served only at Luncheon break. No ordering except before Pledge or at luncheon break. If you come late, please order in the hallway and do so quietly.

11:30: Call to Order, Pledge of Allegiance

Introduction of Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

  • Talk by Ralph Martire: THE FAIR TAX
  • Questions and discussion led by Mr. Martire
  • Discussion of best actions by Subchapter 161.

Business meeting suspended

Luncheon break and socializing

Meeting Called Back to Order

  • Minutes of December meeting by Secretary Tony Zappia
  • Report by Treasurer Jesse Wilson

Old Business

New Business

  • Diane Stokes: Upcoming speakers, solicitation of suggestions for future speakers
  • Dave Rolston: 161 work plan goals
  • Vice-President Mary Bennett: Upcoming meetings of 161 Allies
  • Discussion of seating arrangement for future meeting
  • Discussion of seating arrangement for future meeting
  • Other topics by members

Meeting adjourned

Waiters to settle bills

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Announcement of Monthly Meeting on December 18.


Dear member:

The AFSCME Retirees Subchapter 161 will meet at Hackney’s Restaurant on Lake, 1514 E Lake Street, Glenview, on Wednesday, December 18 at 11:30 AM.

We expect to have an appropriate agenda for the last meeting of the year.

Sincerely,
John Metz, Chairman
Communications Committee

Click here to view minutes of November’s meeting.

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Announcement of monthly meeting, November 20, 2019.

Dear member:

The AFSCME 161 Retirees will meet at Hackney’s Restaurant on Lake, 1514 E Lake Street, Glenview, on Wednesday, November 20 at 11:30 AM.

Our speaker will be Bill Esler on the topic of attending theater for free. If you plan to attend please leave your name on our Voicemail at: 224-366-7339.

Sincerely,
John Metz, Chairman
Communications Committee


Click here to see minutes of October meeting.

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Announcement about Fair Tax

There will be a community meeting about the Fair Tax on:
Monday, November 11, 2019
6:00 pm
The budget and Graduated Income Tax
Current Events Discussion Group
Sulzer Regionals Library
4455 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL

This event is free and open to the public
Questions? Contact Forward Chicago: (773) 633-8312

Co-sponsors: League of Women Voters Northside Unit, Forward Chicago, 40thAldermanic Ward, 47th Aldermanic Ward, Sulzer Regional Library

If you can attend (friends or family members are also welcome) please call our voicemail number (224-366-7339) and leave your name. Please take as many pictures as you’d like and email them to afscmeretirees161@gmail.com or text them to 224-366-7339.

The delegates at AFSCME Illinois Retirees Chapter 31 resolved “to stand in support of the Fair Tax to reduce taxes on low and middle-income families while raising taxes on the wealthiest Illinoisans.” 

For further details on this resolution, click on this link and go to Resolution 13, pages 21 and 22: Seventeenth Biennial AFSCME Illinois Retirees Chapter 31 Convention, October 16-17, 2019, Resolutions

Also, nationally, AFSCME Retirees urges members to call or text Congress about making prescription drugs more affordable.

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Announcements and distributed materials, 23-Oct-19

from Chaya Rubenstein:

Massive Protest Monday

North Lake Shore Retired Teachers Association Newsletter

Illinois Firearms Restraining Order

from Ron Smolin (report on Council 31 Retirees Convention:

Medicare and Social Security

Convention Resolutions

 

 

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Announcement of monthly meeting, October 23, 2019.

October 19, 2019

Dear member:

The AFSCME 161 Retirees will meet at Hackney’s Restaurant on Lake, 1514 E Lake Street, Glenview on Wednesday, October 23 at 11:30 AM.

Members of the subchapter who attended the retirees convention in Springfield will report on the meeting. Our speaker is Mr. Nicholas Peneff, of the Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Health and Safety (CACOSH). His subject is the hazards we still face even when we retire. If you plan to attend please leave your name on our Voicemail at: 224-366-7339.

Sincerely,
Charlie Hogan, President


Click here to see minutes of September meeting.

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Announcement of monthly meeting, September 18, 2019.

September 13, 2019

Dear member:

The AFSCME 161 Retirees will meet at Hackney’s Restaurant on Lake, 1514 E Lake Street, Glenview on Wednesday, September 18 at 11:30AM.

We will be visited by Maria Britton-Sipe, Retiree Program Coordinator for Council 31. We will also conduct elections for officers for the next year. If you are planning to attend, please leave your name at our voicemail: 224-366-7339.

Attached below is a message from Maria Britton-Sipe.

Sincerely,
Charlie Hogan, President

 

Dear AFSCME Sub-chapter 161 retirees,

You are invited to attend the meeting of the sub-chapter at 11:30 am on Wednesday, September 18th at Hackney’s on Lake (1514 E. Lake Ave., Glenview, IL).

We will be providing updates on the latest attempts to undermine your retirement security, including the most recent strategies to cut pensions.

Thank you,
Maria Britton-Sipe
Retiree Program Coordinator
AFSCME Illinois Retiree Chapter 31

 

 Minutes from our August meeting can be viewed by clicking this link:

AFSCME Retirees Subchapter 161 August 2019 Members’ Meeting

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