Judge temporarily halts Illinois union raises

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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 6:56 PM
Judge temporarily halts Illinois union raises

A judge has temporarily halted raises for Illinois state employees that were due earlier this month but that the governor says can't be covered under a trimmed-down state budget.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn appealed an arbitrator's ruling that said the state contract requires paying raises to members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The arbitrator said the governor should start paying the increase immediately and back pay within 30 days.

A circuit judge on Friday granted the Democratic governor's request to hold off on paying nearly 30,000 affected state workers. Another hearing is set for Wednesday.

Quinn announced July 1 he wouldn't pay the 2 percent raises worth about $75 million because he says lawmakers didn't give him enough money in the budget to cover them.