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Judge denies Lisa Madigan’s motion on state worker pay

Feb 16, 2017

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien on Thursday denied Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s motion to rescind his 2015 court order that has allowed state employees to be paid throughout the 19-month state budget impasse.

Madigan filed the motion in January, saying that a 2016 Illinois Supreme Court decision had removed the legal basis for LeChien’s original order, which she contended violated the Illinois Constitution’s requirement that the General Assembly authorize all state spending. She sought to halt the issuance of state employee paychecks Feb. 28 if there was no state budget in place or other authorization approved…

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