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Michael T. Carrigan
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Michael T. Carrigan is the president of the Illinois AFL-CIO.

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Attacking unions, Rauner hurts working families and the Illinois economy

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 2:11 PM

Governor Rauner's so-called "local empowerment zones" are dishonestly packaged and fundamentally unfair. They violate state and federal law, would strip working people of basic rights and harm our state's economy. So why is he pushing for them? The answer lies in a larger clash of competing visions over what kind...

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Why 401(k)s Shouldn't Replace Pensions

(8) Comments | Posted December 28, 2014 | 7:18 PM

It's not just basic finance, it's common sense: A large pool of money invested by professionals will yield far greater returns than small, separate accounts managed by individuals with no professional training in finance.

So why do some think that ending Illinois' defined benefit pension system and moving workers into...

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Illinois House Should Pass Fair Pension Bill, SB 2404

(18) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 11:50 AM

On a range of issues, our state faces tough problems that can only be solved by stakeholders and elected officials working together. The new pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 2404, shows the way.

This bill tackles head-on one of the state's longest-running crises: The pension debt owed to teachers, police,...

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