Join us for a some State of the Union bingo or a Solyndra Sour at our AFP-IL State of the Union Watch Party:
Tuesday, January 24
415 N. Dearborn, Chicago
If you cannot join the festivities, watch a simulcast of AFP's national events here and follow us on Twitter at @afphq and use the hashtag #obamaforgets
On Monday night, over 625 people joined Fox TV commentator Juan Williams and syndicated radio host Michael Medved at an event cosponsored by AFP to discuss the need for school choice to restore competition and accountability in education.
The panelists agreed on the need to curb the power of the teachers unions in order to reward good teachers and dismiss bad ones so that all children can receive a quality education. See the article from Illinois Review for more details.
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Dont watch the State of the Union address alone! This is an experience best shared with like-minded friends, refreshments and a dose of reality!
You are invited to join AFP-IL for a Solyndra Sour or, perhaps, Fannie Mae Flatbread as we join activists around the country for a live simulcast with AFP President Tim Phillips and a special guest.
Then, view the Presidents State of the Union with a gathering of like-minded activists. Click here to attend!
Tuesday, January 24
415 North Dearborn
If there was any doubt that the very powerful state government employee union, AFSCME, is out of sync with most of Illinois, check out this article from the State Journal-Register.
Apparently, AFSCME does not believe that state government employees should be subject to a wage freeze proposed by Minority Leaders Cross and Radogno. Most Illinoisans would love to have had consistent 3% raises throughout the Great Recession. But, Illinois can't pay its bills and has the worst funded pension system in the nation. It certainly seems reasonable to ask state employees forgo raises as part of the plan to rescue our state from financial disaster.
It should come as no surprise, but Illinois has been rated the #2 on the list of worst states to retire by TopRetirements.com
2. Illinois. Illinois (along with Nevada) faces serious economic troubles. Its pension funding, deficit spending, unemployment, and foreclosure rates are among the worst of any states. The state began to address its problems last year when it raised income tax rates. Although Illinois does not tax most pension or social security, other earnings and investment income are taxed at a fairly high rate thanks to its 5% flat tax rate.
Sadly, Illinois actually tied for #1, but the site decided to choose CT as the winner... or the loser.