Can Illinois afford its deal with AFSCME?
How balance sheet shakes out is unknown
Thursday morning, a surprise announcement: Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s largest public employees union had struck a tentative deal on a new contract.
After more than a year of negotiations that included court fights, noisy protests, and strike threats, the two sides had reached an agreement.
Our first question, drawn from miserable experience: How much will the proposed, 3-year pact cost taxpayers?
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