Illinois workers may get their pay raises, after all. An arbitrator ruled in favor of AFSCME in a dispute over Illinois worker’s pay raises in a contract with the State from 2011. Governor Pat Quinn hasn’t paid about 60 million dollars in raises because he says the Legislature didn’t appropriate it.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Richard Billik, Jr. has ordered Quinn’s administration to hand over a voucher for 18 million dollars in un-spent payroll money to the State Comptroller in case he rules in favor of the union. Millions of dollars more might also be involved.