Judge denies Illinois AG request to halt worker pay - KMOV.com

Judge denies Illinois AG request to halt worker pay

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A judge has denied a request by the Illinois attorney general to stop paying state workers unless lawmakers resolve the budget impasse.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien refused Thursday to reverse a previous court order requiring Illinois to pay state employees in the absence of a spending plan.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan argued stopping pay is constitutional and will hasten a budget agreement.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has criticized Madigan's legal move, suggesting the daughter of House Speaker Michael Madigan wanted to create a "crisis" that would shut down the government.

In a statement Thursday, Rauner said he was pleased with the decision and hopes Madigan drops her effort.

Both Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois House say worker paychecks, which total about $400 million monthly, should continue.

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