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February 19, 2020

Chicago Federation of Labor Statement on Gov. Pritzker’s Budget Address


February 19, 2020

Contact: Jake Lewis



Chicago Federation of Labor Statement on Gov. Pritzker’s Budget Address

CFL President Reiter: Our state has made great strides, but we need tax fairness for the working class


CHICAGO – Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter released the following statement in response to Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget address:


“Even after a year in office, it is still refreshing to see the spirit of collaboration coming from this governor’s office. I applaud Gov. Pritzker and his entire administration for proposing budget solutions that are feasible and honest while lifting up the working class.  Illinois has moved dramatically towards stability and growth in the past year by passing legislation like the FY2020 balanced budget and the desperately-needed Rebuild Illinois capital plan, and this budget proposal is another important milestone for our state.


“We look forward to working productively with the governor to pass a responsible budget and related legislation addressing issues like the Chicago casino and increased education funding. We are also heartened to see the governor unequivocally reiterate that retirement promises made to public service workers in our state must be fulfilled and any plan to break those promises is merely fantasy.


“Clearly, our state has made great strides, but as the governor stated today, we need the Fair Tax to solve our long-term challenges and bring much needed tax fairness to Illinois. For too long, working class families have been forced to endure an unfair burden of funding our state while millionaires and billionaires get a sweet deal. Our state’s tax system is unfair, especially for the working class, and the Fair Tax is a critical step in the right direction.”




The Chicago Federation of Labor is the third-largest central labor council of the AFL-CIO representing nearly 300 unions and labor organizations comprised of over half a million union members in Chicago and Cook County.