Judge Halts State Worker Pay Raises

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn won a temporary halt on paying state employee raises that were due earlier this month.
Cook County Circuit Judge Richard Billik granted Quinn’s request Friday to hold off paying the 2 percent raise. An arbitrator ruled earlier this week that Quinn had to pay.
Another hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Quinn announced July 1 he wouldn’t pay the 2 percent raise _ worth about $75 million _ that’s owed to nearly 30,000 state workers. He says lawmakers didn’t give him enough money to cover them.
The arbitrator had said the contract requires paying raises to members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union has already delayed another 2 percent raise to help in the budget crisis.

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