AFSCME Local 448, a union representing State of Illinois employees and workers in Northwestern Illinois.

AFSCME Local 448 . . . Proudly Representing Over 600 Workers in the Illinois Counties of Boone, Bureau, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago


AFSCME T-Shirt Distribution!

Well, it has been a long time coming, but we finally have enough of your new shirts in stock to start distributing them!!!! Due to COVID and members working from home and not in the offices, we have decided to take our shirts on the road!


Members will be able to pick up their shirts at any of the following locations:


Rockford: Saturday 3-27-21 from 12 to 4 at the Labor Temple located at 212 South 1st Street 


Freeport:  Sunday 3-28-21 from 12 to 4 at the Stephenson County Democratic Headquarters located at 15 North Chicago 


Dixon: Saturday 4-17-21 from 12 to 4 at Quality Inn and Suites at 136 Plaza Drive


DeKalb: Sunday 4-18-21 from 12 to 4 at Home2 Suites by Hilton at 575 South Annie Glidden Road 


We have had many inquiries wanting to know if we will be selling extra shirts. We have decided that if members, or non-members for that matter, would like to purchase extra shirts, we will sell them for $25.00 each.


Expanded Access To Vaccinations!

Governor Pritzker announced last week that ALL “government workers” are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, beginning March 22ndThat effectively means all public employees can act right now to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated — state workers from every agency; city or county employees; and employees of universities, school districts, park districts, housing authorities or any other public bodies. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

RESTORE ILLINOIS: Phases 1A and 1B of Vaccine Distribution in Illinois

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Now It's Even Easier To Join AFSCME!


We are stronger together. Employees can now join our union online. If you or a co-worker haven't yet signed an AFSCME membership card, click the button below to sign up today!


— December 22, 2020 —


Important Information for

AFSCME Members in State Government

UPDATED May 23, 2020

Your Right To

Union Representation:


"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated or have any effect on

my personal working conditions, I respectfully request my union representative, officer or steward to be present at this meeting. Without union representation, I choose not to participate in this discussion."

Welcome To Our AFSCME 448 Website!

It is a pleasure to present our AFSCME 448 website to our members! The website launched publicly on December 6th, and the primary purpose of the website is to communicate noteworthy news, events and information to our 600+ local 448 members. Like any well-planned and useful website, our website will never be “completed” or “finished”; we will make regular updates to it as new information and needs dictate.


I invite you to tour and experience the website, from page to page, to learn what we are sharing and communicating, and to also solicit from you what information our website lacks and needs. We look very forward to your review of the website, and any “wish list” items going forward. Email your comments to us at, or by using this website's contact form. Also, while you are visiting the site, please be sure to sign up for emailed news alerts from us. Sign up takes just a moment, and it lets us build a database of local 448 members’ email addresses so that we can, as needs arise, email important and timely news and information to our membership.

Larry Marquardt Scholarship Announcement

Applications for the Larry Marquardt scholarship are now available and the deadline for returning the completed applications is Friday, April 23, 2021. Click the links below to access more information about the scholarship and get a printable application.

New COVID-19 Leave Requirements for FFCRA-Covered Employees and New Alternative Benefit  Plan for Excluded State Employees

– May 23, 2020 – Click here to view/download/print PDF file.

Help Is Just A Call Away!

The coronavirus pandemic has created a range of new problems and challenges for all of us — and many are finding it hard to cope with such rapid and wide-ranging changes. We wanted to take a moment to remind you that if these trying times are creating excessive stress, depression or anxiety, help is available through the AFSCME Personal Support Program. It's now even easier to access the help you need as PSP services are available via Telehealth. You can call 1-800-647-8776 for assistance.

Meet Our Members

As you know, our Local represents employees in many State agencies throughout Northern Illinois. We would like to get to know each and every one of you better. So, if you would like to help us do that, answer the following questions and we will feature a different employee in each newsletter and here on the website. Email your submissions to Alice Sutherland at

1. Tell us about your job, and let us know the agency you work for.

2. How does your job provide a valuable public service?

3. What's your inspiration to go to work every day?

4. How does your union improve your work?

5. How has your union job impacted your family?

Submit Your Photos!

Do you have any photos from your union workplace, union meetings and gatherings or other union-related events that can help tell a story about Local 448? If so, we'd like you to submit them to for our review and possible use here on this website, and/or other AFSCME-related materials. When submitting images, please submit images in .jpg format and images should not exceed 2MB in file size. Also, please provide some brief information/caption regarding each submitted image. Thank you!

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Come Join The Fun! If you have not already signed up for this year's golf outing we still have room for a few more teams. Four people to a team. Registration is first-come, first-served. Let Alice Sutherland know if you would like to register a team by sending an email with the names of your ream members to

The Local covers the registration cost.

CLICK HERE to view/download/print the above .PDF document.

AFSCME Local 448

1302 Institute Blvd.

DIxon, IL 61021

815-520-4576  |  |

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AFSCME is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO. Our members provide the vital services that make America happen. AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and freedom and opportunities for all working families.