Court Backs Quinn in Denying Pay Raises

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A federal appeals court is backing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn over pay raises his administration canceled for thousands of union workers.

A U.S. District Court dismissed an effort by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to force the administration to pay the raises. The Seventh U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld that ruling.

The appeals court ruled the 11th Amendment prevents the union from prevailing because ruling in AFSME's favor would force the state to spend money.

Quinn, last year, canceled raises for thousands of state worker because he said lawmakers didn't give him enough money in the budget to do it. The move reportedly saved the state millions of dollars.

In a written statement, AFSCME said it will continue to fight for the pay raises.

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  • by Joyce Location: Centralia on May 18, 2012 at 08:55 PM
    Quinn gave himself a nice raise plus all the senators and representatives. Someone should have stopped them from getting raises. This type of political corruption needs to be stopped. They have money for their raises but not the union workers who were promised raises. Governor Quinn, the senators and representatives therefore get bigger pensions, which we are having trouble paying. Taxpayers are paying the price and the politicians are taking the money away from Education, needy, elderly, disabled, and our prison systems (safety in our communities. These Senators and representatives need to be voted out of office quickly. The voters need to send a message. We need to start demanding they give their raises up first to balance our budget.
  • by Douglas Location: Northern IL on May 18, 2012 at 04:25 AM
    But it didn't stop him from giving his 30 staff members raises. Did our Congressmen and women go without raises too? I think not. The Governor should lead by example. He is doing the "do as I say and not as I do", to all the taxpayers in Illinois. So they saved millions but the schools and the bills are still not being paid the monies owed.
  • by dee Location: mp on May 18, 2012 at 03:59 AM
    so is all this saved money going to take care of the illegal immigration quinn has approved for the state of ill-noise
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