Press Releases
February 20, 2019

Chicago Federation of Labor Statement on Today’s Budget Address

We are encouraged by Governor Pritzker’s message to Illinoisans.

(CHICAGO) – Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter released the following statement following Governor Pritzker’s first budget address.

“After four years of destruction and turmoil at the hands of Bruce Rauner, it is time for all of us to have the open and honest conversations that will get Illinois back on track to prosperity for all. Without mincing words, Governor Pritzker laid out the issues plaguing the state and his ideas to solve them, including a fair income tax. We are encouraged by Governor Pritzker’s message to Illinoisans and his refocusing our priorities on education, health and human services, and public safety. He laid out a thoughtful budget aimed at growing the economy and expanding the middle class. We stand ready to work with Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Legislature to find solutions that promote upward economic mobility among all working families.”

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The Chicago Federation of Labor is the third-largest central labor council of the national AFL-CIO, representing nearly 300 local unions and labor organizations across Chicago and Cook County, who in turn represent half a million working men and women.