A St. Clair County judge denied Attorney General Lisa Madigan's motion to halt state employee pay in the absence of a complete state budget.
Illinois has gone nearly 20 months without the governor and General Assembly coming together to create a full, balanced spending plan.
It means state employees will continue to be paid as lawmakers and the governor continue their fight over how to pay for Illinois government.
The Rauner Administration issued the following statement from General Counsel Dennis Murashko in response to a St. Clair County judge denying the Attorney General’s motion to block state employee pay.
“We’re pleased our hard working state employees, who show up to work every day on behalf of the people of Illinois, will continue to be paid. It is our hope the Attorney General drops this lawsuit so the bipartisan negotiations in the Senate can continue in order to reach a balanced budget with changes to get our state back on track.”