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Attorney General Seeks to Stop Workers’ Pay Until Budget Passes

January 27, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is seeking to stop state worker pay until legislators and Gov. Bruce Rauner approve a spending plan.

A motion by Madigan filed Thursday in St. Clair County Circuit Court seeks to dissolve a preliminary injunction which allowed state workers to be paid during the budget impasse. Madigan asks the court dissolve Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza’s power to authorize payments to state employees on Feb. 28.

In a statement, Mendoza blamed Rauner for the budget impasse. She said state workers wouldn’t face a threat of no pay if he had proposed a balanced budget in 2015 or 2016.

GOP spokesman Steven Yaffe says it is outrageous Madigan is putting her father’s power politics ahead of hard-working families.

A spokesperson for Governor Rauner, Catherine Kelly, says it is disappointing to see any move to stop employee pay and disrupt government services, especially now as the Senate is on the verge of a bipartisan agreement to enact a balanced budget with changes to the system. She says this filing seeks to directly harm thousands of employee families and even more who rely on our dedicated state workers everyday. The Governor is urging the Attorney General to reconsider this filing and pledges to do all he can to defend employee pay.

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