Dillard: No Raises For Union When Programs Are Slashed

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says the state’s largest public employee union should not be receiving raises while Gov. Pat Quinn proposes to cut $100 million from human services.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, Quinn had proposed slashing drug and alcohol treatment programs by more than $200 million. He has since backed off by $100 million.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

Dillard says he wasn’t surprised by the decision to revise the proposal.

“The money is going to the unions,” Dillard said. “It’s not going to social services or the people that really need our services at the state.”

A representative of Quinn’s office says more federal money was found to help cover costs, and the decision to hire some new employees has been canceled.

  • Mr. Mars

    Just say no to thugs! Ugh.

  • Me

    What money is going “to the unions?” Do they mean “this money is going to employees of the state who are members of a union?” Because really…yes, please pay your state employees.

  • bob

    We all know the tax increase imposed on the citizens of Illinois was to pay for salary increases of state workers and fund the lavish pensions nobody in the private sector enjoys, retireing with 75% of their pay at age 52. Shortly after passing the tax increase Quinn comes out and declares he needs more money so starts cutting programs. So it’s obvious the tax increase was just for salaries & pensions.

    • Mr. Ed CPA

      Get your facts straight on pensions. My wife works for a state university. She contributes 8% of her salary (instead of the current 4.2% you put in to Social Security). She does not get Social Security, only her state pension. Additionally, she gets limited or no credit for the 20 YEARS she worked in industry before joining the university. No Social Security refund here, only funding your benefits. Your employer matches your Social Security contributions each time they run a payroll. How long has it been since the State did the same for its workers?

      • bob

        I’m sure most wouldn’t mind putting 8% into their pensions (if any actually have them) to get 75% of their salary and retire at 52. That 4% you say we contribute that goes into Social Security only pays out 28k a year max. Also Social Security hasn’t had an increase for 2 years. Your lavish pensions get increases compliments of the taxpayers who have no choice.

  • tkman

    Wrong again BOB you should really educate yourself before you open your mouth and let people see how stupid you really are. There is now COLA set for most city pensions hopefully that will change

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