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January 29, 2020

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


January 29, 2020

Contact: Jake Lewis



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


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


“Since Gov. Pritzker took office last year, the people of Illinois have witnessed a dramatic turnaround. From the approval of a bipartisan balanced budget to passage of the desperately needed capital plan, this Administration has found ways to work constructively with legislators to move the needle for working families. Because of our collective efforts over the past year, the working class of Illinois will see higher pay, more worker protections, expanded healthcare, and a dramatically revitalized state infrastructure. These are big wins for a state that was in desperate need of real leadership from its Governor’s office.


“Clearly, however, there is more work to be done. There are still too many workers struggling to make ends meet and too many families looking outside of Illinois for opportunity. I am encouraged to see Gov. Pritzker propose real solutions to tackle our long-term challenges head-on in today’s speech. From instituting the Fair Tax to passing a balanced budget to rebuilding the hollowed-out shell of state government, the Chicago labor movement stands ready to work with this Administration to continue the momentum of positive change we’ve built over the last 12 months.


“The state of our state is stronger than it has been in years, and together we will make 2020 another year of incredible progress for Illinois workers.”




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.