The [Wednesday] Papers
"Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday terminated the state's contract covering members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union," the Springfield State Journal-Register reports.
"In 40 years of collective bargaining, Pat Quinn is the first and only Illinois governor to terminate a union contract," AFSCME executive director Henry Bayer said in a statement.
Well, Barack Obama promised he'd fight any effort to dismantle collective bargaining so I suppose he'll be spending Thanksgiving back here in Illinois.
"During 11 months of bargaining, the state has extended the contract three times and made significant efforts to compromise," Quinn budget spokesman Abdon Pallasch said in a statement. "But the government employees union, which has not offered a single proposal to deal with retirement health care, continues to seek millions of dollars in pay hikes the taxpayers can't afford to give them. It has refused to recognize the extraordinary financial crisis squeezing the state."
See, as a former reporter, Pallasch now gets paid twice as much to tell you half the story.
A piece of toast shaped like Jesus told her so.
Gee, that's more than enough to open a few mental health clinics to keep our clergy safe.
Or did he?
Rick Bryant, Jackson's chief of staff, insisted Jackson had no plans to "break his silence" Wednesday.
Bryant and Watkins did agree that they're both polishing up their resumes.
When does the bidding begin on the EXIT signs?
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