State Employees

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Illinois's high court has been asked to decide once and for all whether Illinois can pay government workers when there's no state budget.

Despite the budget impasse, state employees are getting their paychecks for July. The Comptroller's office says that's thanks to a decision from a St. Clair County judge.

But a Cook County judge had the opposite take, and ruled that without a budget, Illinois loses authority to pay all workers.

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The legal dispute continues this week over what Illinois state workers should be paid.

It’s the latest issue to be caught in the wide-ranging web of consequences resulting from having no state budget.

While dozens of human service providers are left hanging in the wind -- unsure what kind of state support they’ll get -- state employees find themselves in a similar boat. Last week, a Cook County judge said employees shouldn’t get a salary since the state doesn’t have a spending plan.

An appeal to that ruling is quickly moving forward.

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Several attorneys are vowing to appeal a judge’s decision that would force the state to pay Illinois workers minimum wage instead of their normal salary.

A Cook County judge ruled that if state lawmakers can’t agree on a spending plan - then the person who signs the paychecks lacks the authority to do her job.

That would be Comptroller Leslie Munger, and her office is appealing the ruling.

The agency that processes pay says it’ll take up to a year to change all the employees’ salaries in the state’s outdated computer accounting systems.

Brian Mackey

A legal battle over union fees is brewing in Illinois between the Republican governor and Democratic attorney general.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says Gov. Bruce Rauner had no authority to bring a fight over union dues to federal court. She's trying to dismiss the case.

Rauner is trying to get rid of so-called "fair share" dues on two fronts: Earlier this year, he ordered state agencies to stop collecting them, and he's suing in federal court to toss out the underlying state law that requires them.

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One in every 10 Illinois state employees earned more than $100,000 in 2014. That’s according to a published report. 

The employees included judges, prison guards and nurses. The Chicago Sun-Times cites public records, saying 682 workers made more than former Gov. Pat Quinn's six-figure salary.

More than 100 workers doubled their base pay by working overtime or through compensatory time, including more than a dozen workers who got at least $80,000 each in additional pay.

State Employees Can Keep HMO Provider

Nov 16, 2012

The State of Illinois has awarded Health Alliance Medical Plans a new long term contract to provide HMO coverage to tens of thousands of state workers. That includes many at Northern Illinois University.