Governor Pat Quinn wants the state to drop its appeal of a court ruling over back pay for state employees… but Attorney General Lisa Madigan is refusing to do it for now.
AFSCME won that case in court, with a judge ordering the state to pay the raises that had been withheld for two years.
The state appealed, but now AFSCME wants the appeal dropped before it formally signs a new contract that includes that back pay.
Quinn agreed to that, but Madigan says the appeal should stay in place until the legislature approves the money for the back pay.
She says if lawmakers fund the raises, the lawsuit is moot and she’ll drop the appeal… but if they don’t, she wants the option to proceed in court.