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

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

June Membership Meeting

Our June membership meeting will be held in person. The details are as follows.
Date: June 2, 2022.
Place: Cimino's Little Italy, 421 Challenger Street, Freeport IL
Time: Food will be available beginning at 5:30 PM. The meeting will start promptly at 6:30 PM

Cyndi Overton Memorial Scholarship

It’s that time of year again. The Applications are now available for the Cyndi Overton Memorial Scholarship. Applications are available at all worksites and can be downloaded here. All applications must be postmarked by 7-1-2022 to be considered.

AFSCME Convention Call

The AFSCME 45th International Convention will be held July 11 – 15, 2022, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Elections for delegates, alternates, and guests to attend this convention will be held at the June 2nd membership meeting. Those interested in being nominated to attend this convention must be present at this meeting. If you are not able to attend the meeting, but wish to be nominated, you MUST send an email to PRIOR to the meeting start time of 6:30 PM on June 2nd. 


Those elected to attend the convention will be reimbursed for travel and hotel expenses, will receive lost wages, and per diem. To qualify for full reimburse-ment of lost wages you must attend all convention sessions and workshops. If you do not, your wages will be docked accordingly for time missed. We go to these conventions to work and learn.

Membership Appreciation Dinner: 

Camaraderie At Its Best!

After the last two years of trying to hold an event, this dinner was our way of thanking each and everyone of you for the work you do day in and day out to serve the Citizens of Illinois. You have all been on the front lines not only during this pandemic, but each and every day of your careers. THANK YOU!!! It was really good to see everyone in person and to say it was a success would be a huge understatement. Everyone that attended had a great time. See for yourself by the pictures below. To see all the pictures check out our Facebook page. If you didn’t attend, you missed a great time. Hope to see you at the next event.


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Bad Addresses


If you move, don't forget to let your steward know your new address or send an email to Alice Sutherland. Each month, we get several newsletters back because members have moved and we don't have an updated address. If you know of someone who has moved, make sure to reach out to them and let them know they need to update their address with us. We want everyone to stay informed.

Want To Receive Text and Email Updates?

In an effort to keep everyone up to date on what is going on, we are trying to gather personal email addresses and cell phone numbers so that this can be used as a method of contact when important things come up and we need to get the word out fast. If you would like to receive email and text updates, please send your PERSONAL email address and cell phone information to Alice Sutherland at You can also do this by going to and entering your email address in the “Sign UP for Email” space, then completing the information asked for.


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.

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!

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!

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."

AFSCME Local 448 Union representing State of Illinois employees in Northwestern Illinois | Council 31 |  AFL-CIO

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