Illinois Governor Wants Back-Pay Lawsuit DroppedSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office says he is working with a state employees' union to get $140 million in back pay he's promised to workers. But the Democrat's budget office says it wants Attorney General Lisa Madigan to drop a lawsuit over the issue.
Quinn and 35,000 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees agreed to a three-year contract last month. The two sides resolved a disagreement about 5.25 percent in raises due in 2011 and 2012 that Quinn refused to pay at the time. Now the two sides are seeking a legislative appropriation.
But Quinn wants Madigan to drop lingering legal action over the matter. Madigan's office says it won't push the lawsuit while lawmakers are asked for the money.
See other LocalNews news:Five Charged in Marion County Court
What's On The Ballot?: Advisory Questions, Constitutional Amendments
Former Mercer County Treasurer Sentenced After Theft
School's PTA President Accused of Stealing Funds
Early Voting Opens Today