After Illinois’ personal income tax was hiked just 2 points — from 3 to 5 percent — in early 2011, a record number of residents packed their bags, revealing what the Illinois Policy Institute termed “wealth flight.”
Illinois residents -- burdened with falling home values and high property taxes -- are headed toward a cliff if Springfield doesn't do something soon to pull the state back from the precipice, a financial analyst.
Not all Illinois public employees who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) are gung-ho and in lockstep with the government-worker union's negotiating tactics.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal officials sent a letter to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner this month outlining a new settlement “framework” in which the union said it would be willing to resume negotiations on a new contract.