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

As the state begins to re-open, we are happy to announce that we will be having a series of events for our members to get out and about and see each other again. These Spring Forward Together events will take place in Rockford, Freeport, Dixon, and DeKalb. The times and locations are listed below. All events will be held from 5 PM to 8 PM on the days listed for each location. Come to one or come to all!! We will be providing food and non-alcoholic beverages through out each event. Each member will also receive 2 drink tickets which can be used for Alcoholic beverages. Once you have used your “drink” tickets though it will be cash bar for you.

RSVPs would be awesome, so we know how to plan. But you can still attend if you do not. Special bonus, if you RSVP and have not picked up your new member t-shirt yet we will make sure it is there for you that night!!!

To RSVP send an email to

Tuesday July 13th Olympic Tavern, 2327 N Main St., Rockford
Thursday July 15th Fatty’s, 1312 West Lincoln Highway, Dekalb
Wednesday July 21st Stone Eagle, 6445 E. State St., Rockford,
Thursday July 22nd Palmyra Pub, 628 Palmyra Rd., Dixon
Wednesday July 28th Cimino's Little Italy, 421 Challenge St., Freeport

Free Bachelor's Degree Now A Permanent Benefit
In 2016, AFSCME International launched AFSCME Free College to provide a free, online associate degree through Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC). More recently, the International added a low-cost bachelor’s degree in partnership with Central State University (CSU) that is now offered completely for free-permanently.

New and returning students who enroll through AFSCME in the current Bachelor’s Degree Completion pro-grams are eligible for a last-dollar scholarship, allowing them to complete their degree (through graduation) with no out-of-pocket costs for tuition, fees, or e-books. Not only are members eligible, but so are their families: children (or step-children), grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), spouses, domestic partners, financial dependents, siblings, and parents.

Students must already have 60 credits or an associate’s degree, with a GPA of at least 2.2 to apply. Students who do not meet the minimum credit or GPA requirement will be advised to first complete their associate’s degree through AFSCME Free College Program at EGCC and then transfer to CSU. Please see information at


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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!

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."


Important Information for

AFSCME Members in State Government

UPDATED May 23, 2020

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!

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