lllinois lawmakers have yet to fund raises for certain state employees.
The raises were negotiated under the Blagojevich administration, but it was Governor Pat Quinn who, starting in 2011, said he didn’t have the money to pay them. The AFSCME union sued, and a judge ordered the state to pay, with interest.
Then, as a part of the most recent labor contract, Quinn changed course … even agreeing to ask the legislature for extra money to pay the raises. So far lawmakers have refused, but it could happen during their fall session.
Illinois' attempts to remove ineligible people from the state's Medicaid rolls are being delayed. It comes amid a legal fight between the state and its largest public employees' union over who should actually do the work.
A state board that authorizes the closure of medical facilities has been urged to reject Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close Jacksonville Developmental Center. Quinn says smaller, community-based homes are better for the institution's developmentally disabled residents. But some parents say those group homes are not up to the job -- and there aren't enough of them in the area to accommodate all the patients at Jacksonville.