AP Exclusive: Ill governor gives staff big raises while debt-ridden state faces budget cuts - KMOV.com

AP Exclusive: Ill governor gives staff big raises while debt-ridden state faces budget cuts

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office says it's made deep cuts in its budget while the Democrat has handed out raises to his staff.
   An Associated Press analysis of documents shows Quinn has given 43 salary increases averaging 11.4 percent since becoming governor last year.
   Spokeswoman Marlena Jentz says the governor's office reduced spending by more than 10 percent in the budget year that just ended and plans another 25 percent in reductions this year. She did not provide specifics.
   The raises include a $24,000 bump for the budget director. David Vaught got a 20 percent raise -- to $144,000 -- when he was promoted in October.
   Lawmakers say the raises are inappropriate.
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