Supreme Court Says State Must Pay Judicial Raises

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State Comptroller Daniel Hynes has said he would not include a two-point-eight percent cost-of-living increase in paychecks for more than one-thousand Illinois judges' because the money has not been appropriated.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich vetoed pay raises for the state's constitutional officers, judges and lawmakers as part of $22 million in state budget cuts.

The court order contends the governor's veto removed funding for the judicial salary increases but not the legal obligations to pay it.

A spokesman with Hynes office says the matter is under review.