This most recent deal cut to keep a couple of downstate facilities open should have AFSCME union bosses and their members up in arms, but instead it has the union leaders "welcoming the news." All you state pension people please pay special attention here, because this is a big reason why your pension systems are underfunded to the tune of somewhere between $80 and $136 billion. Step one, Governor Quinn cuts a deal with the unions to get their support by making a promise of no layoffs. Step two, because his party is incapable of passing a budget that doesn't spend tens of billions more than we take in, he shakes down the unions and some mental health facilities, and breaks his promise by threatening to close a few facilities. Step three, dem leaders get together and take money that was supposed to go into your pension systems to pay to keep the facilities open. And there you have it, Illinois politics in nutshell.
One would think that the union members and their leadership might be a little concerned when the democrat leaders decide, again, to plunder the pension system to pay for other things they like more than your retirement, but not a whimper. In fact, union leaders involved consider it a victory. AFSCME members are paying millions of dollars in dues, which your leadership spends to elect policitians to go to Springfield, and spend your pension money on many things that are not the pension system. But keep on electing them, and expect something different to happen. We all know the old, overused cliche' about expecting a different result from doing the same action over and over and over and over.