Court: Illinois Employees Should Be Paid During Budget Standoff

5th district appellate court building

5th district appellate court in Mount Vernon

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An Illinois appellate court has upheld a county judge's decision that state employees should get full pay even during the state's budget crisis. 

 A panel of judges in the Fifth District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon approved a temporary restraining order today issued by a St. Clair County judge. The panel says employees who are represented by unions that sued have a "protectable right to be paid."

 Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled Legislature are in a weeks-long standoff over a budget plan for the year that started July 1.

 The First District Appellate Court last week reversed a Cook County order that without a budget there can be no pay.

Story source: AP