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Illinois Governor Wants Back-Pay Lawsuit Dropped

SPRINGFIELD, 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. 

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