Source: By MIKE RAMSEY, COPLEY NEWS SERVICE (IL), Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to sell or lease the state lottery to create a $10 billion windfall for Illinois public schools, raising immediate questions about the details and accusations of a back-room deal from his Republican opponent in the fall gubernatorial election. ….. Meanwhile, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees expressed concern for members who work for the Illinois Lottery department. Filan said the lottery purchaser or leaseholder would be encouraged to hire the agency’s 200 employees. ….. The city of Chicago used a similar strategy when it privatized its “Skyway” toll highway, Filan said. But AFSCME executive director Henry Bayer said most Skyway employees, which the union represented, refused to work for the new owner because their wages and benefits were going to be cut.