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Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to debate whether to endorse Gov. Bruce Rauner’s so-called “Illinois Turnaround Agenda.”

The Republican governor has asked municipal governing bodies around the state to endorse the plan, which, among other things, would give those governments more control over their relationship with employee unions, more ability to negotiate lower labor costs on construction projects and a reduction in penson costs.

Many of the proposals are anathema to public employee unions, which have formed a major support group for Democrats who control both houses of the state legislature.

While Evanston aldermen are elected on a non-partisan basis, only 23 percent of Evanston voters backed Rauner in his election victory last fall over incumbent Pat Quinn, and the president of the Democratic Party of Evanston, Brian Miller, is scheduled to be sworn in as 9th Ward alderman just before tonight’s Rules Committee meeting.

Related document

Committee packet with “Illinois Turnaround Agenda” (.pdf)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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8 Comments

  1. Turnaround agenda

    I don't support this. It's a slap in the face toweling people. This won't save money and is currently against the state constitution. This will lead to lower wages for everyone. The answer to the states problems shouldn't be found through the further destruction of the middle class. Right to work is an inappropriate name for this agenda to line the pockets of the Rich. It exploits the hard working people of our state and forces even more income inequality. 

    1. Fresh Ideas

      Do you have some reasonable ideas for fixing the state finances?  Would they be increse taxes on everyone but me?

  2. Rainer program

    The only support should be to increase revenue presumably by reinstating 5% income tax. Basic human needs must be met.

    1. Same old, same old
      Of course we now hear the old refrain “raise taxes [except on me] and raise spending.” How has that Quinn tax increase worked out—lots of promises about it being enough and only needed for a short time—a flop ?
      Would the politicians set that revenue away in a ‘lock box” to pay for increased wages for those below $15 or spend it on “pork” to get re-elected or reward contributors ?
      Just a revenues increase, the government will find new ways to spend without fixing any of the problems and then cry they need even more taxes.
      The Council gave a lot away to their declared “winners” and now cry they need money from the state, like the boy who kills his parents and pleads for mercy since he is an orphan !

  3. This should be a slam dunk.

    This should be a slam dunk. The govenor's agenda is the only effort in years to start fixing Illinois. A vote in favor of the governor's plan is a vote for Illinois taxpayers.

    This is Miller Time.

    Miller will have his chance to prove himself. Will he be loyal to the Democratic party or to the Evanston taxpayers.

    1. Unions are the voice of labor
      Unions are the voice of labor, and have been around for well over one hundred years. The state has been in financial trouble for a much shorter period of time. Springfield has mismanaged Illinois’ budget. The unions aren’t the problem, the legislators are. Ever since I was a kid, I heard about the coming boom of retirees, retiring baby boomers. To be realistic, the unions aren’t the ones bankrupting the state, it’s the amount of people living longer and retiring. Rauner’s agenda is blatantly anti-union, and is drawing on people’s emotion for support. I am not qualified to offer a fix for the state’s financial woes, that is supposed to be our educated legislator’s job. I am qualified however to say this anti-union agenda is NOT the answer.

      1. Odd Comment

        "The unions aren't the problem, the legislators are."  Now let's be truthful, the labor unions are the ones in IL that have elected / backed the legislators.  What came first?  The Chicken or the Egg?  I don't know!

  4. The Turnaround Agenda

    Finally, bold proposals from Springfield.  Maybe the General Assembly leadership will wake-up

    1. We need SB-1 to pass or go with Gov's pension reform.  Public sector unions and elected officials got us into this mess.  Now its about damn time they carry the majority of the responsibility.  One more thing:  stop the pandering and include Police, Fire and Public Health in the reforms.  Shared pain means everybody

    2.  Minumium wage increase should be accelerated to $10 now and $15 by 2022.  Don't play catch up on this – get out ahead of it.

    3.  Gov hates unions.  He needs to understand that private sector unions are is good financial shape.  (And they don't need a constitutional amendment)

    4.  Here's the deal:  pass Turnaround Agenda and the Gov will sign the income tax returning to 5%

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