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Pat Quinn, the Democratic governor of Illinois, announced late last week that 30,000 state employees would not receive their contractually promised 2% raise, the Chicago Tribune reports.The governor argued that state legislators did not sufficiently fund the budget that took effect on Friday, leaving a $75 million hole. He said that if the raises were paid out, the affected state agencies and departments would lack the necessary funds to make their payroll obligations for the entire fiscal year, thereby forcing service closures.
The public employees union responded by claiming that the governor’s action was an illegal breach of the state’s contractual obligations. Its executive director has promised to sue.
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