Announcements for January, 2017

13 January 2017:

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161


Dear member:

The AFSCME Retirees will meet at the Wildwood Tavern in Niles on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. Meeting begins at 11:30AM. The restaurant is located at Caldwell and Touhy Avenues in Niles.

I have invited Ms. Ana Marin, of Jane Addams Senior Caucus to tell us what they will be doing to fight the attacks on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the ACA, and our pensions. This weekend, I will be attending the AFSCME Council 31 Political Conference. I will update you with information from Council 31 at this meeting

Jane Addams SC is a highly effective grass roots senior organization. We can work with them, learning community organizing methods, to defeat this attack on ourselves and our families.

The election is past and it is time to focus on the work we must do.


Charlie Hogan,



12 January 2017:
Additional materials have now been posted on the page for January 2017.


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Announcements for December 2016

14 December 2016:
Additional materials have now been posted on the  page for December 2016.

12 December 2016:
Minutes of the AFSCME Retiree Council 31 Quarterly Meeting can now be accessed through the page for December 2016.

6 December 2016:

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

The AFSCME Retirees will meet at the Wildwood Tavern on Wednesday, December 14th. The Wildwood Tavern is at 6480 W. Touhy, Niles, IL (the NE corner of Caldwell and Touhy). This is a week earlier than our usual meeting because of the approaching Holidays.

I will have news from the 4th quarter meeting of Council 31 Retiree Officers conference that will meet December 8 & 9 in Springfield. Because of the election and the ILB’s decision on impasse, I’m going to this conference in order to bring back information on what we have to do now as a sub-Chapter.

Since this is the Holiday session, I’m planning to bring items for a grab bag. Wrapped or unwrapped, we’ll put them on a table for inspection. So, if you found a item from last Christmas. Or if you want to spend $10.00, everyone bring a gift.

Let’s have some cheer and sing songs


Charlie Hogan


See additional materials on the page for December, 2016.


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November 24, 2016

There is now a new page available: November, 2016.

Last addition: Nov. 30


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Information posted October 24, 2016

Materials from the monthly meeting on October 19, 2016, can be seen by clicking here.



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Meeting Announcement, October 20, 2016

13 October 2016

AFSCME Sub-chapter 161

Dear member:

We will meet at Wildwood Tavern at 6480 W. Touhy, Niles, Il. That’s the NE corner of Caldwell and Touhy. On Wednesday, The 19th of October. The meeting starts at 11:30 AM.  

This meeting’s business is getting out the vote. I’ll be bringing letterhead stationary and envelopes we can send to members. If you have names and addresses of people who need information and encouragement, bring them  with you and we’ll include them with our mailing.

Bring any news clippings and campaign stories you would like to share with us during the work and the meal that will follow.

David Amerson has resigned as Retiree Coordinator. He mailed me a Long letter that I’ll share with you.


Charlie Hogan  

Regarding TPP, from Lora Chamberlain  <>

 To all,

The TPP is the corporate “Death Star” designed to destroy America. The time to fight back is now through the lame-duck session. Here is a look at what is to come if the TPP passes:

“Ecuador’s Legal Battle With Chevron Foreshadows Global Corporate Coup D’état”

Please attend the 2 fun actions below either tomorrow,
Sun, Oct 16th
and/or Wed. Oct 19th,
and also please sign this petition:


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Information on Voting and TPP


A message forwarded to us by Chaya Rubenstein (S.O.R.E.). Contact me, John Metz, for more information:

I realize some of you are not in Chicago/area, but please forward to your area friends, relatives, colleagues who might go. Thank you!–Chaya

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Lora Chamberlain
Date: Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 12:37 PM
Subject: We need a little NO TPP help this Monday, Oct 3rd, 10:15am at the: Duckworth / Kirk Debate at the Tribune Tower, Chicago – please reply if you can attend

Hi all – I am having a hard time gathering up folks from the Kirk / Durbin No TPP team to come to this short action on Monday, Oct 3rd, 10:15 – 11:15am, at the Tribune Tower – Can anyone help us out?

Kirk and Duckworth are sparing off in front of the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune on
Mon. Oct 3rd at 11 am – there are no seats inside.

Shall we go down at 10:15a to welcome Kirk with No TPP signs?

We can stand in front of the 2 entrances, Michigan Ave and Cityfront Plaza with signs.

Can anyone come?
Does anyone else have a bull horn? – I have one but we need a second.
I will put up a FB event if I get a core group going – please let me know asap – thanks.


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Highlights of monthly meeting, September 21, 2016

President Charlie Hogan distributed materials that may provide useful information when speaking to voters about our interests

Graph of Revenue vs. Appropriations

Voting Records on Key Legislation, Federal

Voting Records on Key Legislation, Illinois

Vice-president Mary Bennett

Announced the Illinois People’s Summit


For further information and to register click here.

Recommended an article:

What has the GOP done for black people lately? Part 2 of 8: Fighting the Empowerment

Guest speaker Jeanne Cameron from the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans


Alliance position on TPP

Endorsements for Illinois General Assembly

Guest speaker Tara Pink from the Alzheimer’s Association


Upcoming events of the Association and implications of Alzheimer’s Disease

Early stage services

The end of Alzheimer’s starts with you


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