Lawmakers Draft Plans To Keep Illinois Paychecks Flowing

February 02, 2017
 
Illinois Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, left, speaks to reporters, while Illinois Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, right, looks on, during a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.

Illinois Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, left, speaks to reporters, while Illinois Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, right, looks on, during a news conference on education funding during a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016.

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A group of Republican lawmakers want to set up automatic payments to state workers. It would ensure Illinois’ employees get paid regardless of whether there’s a budget. This is after Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a court challenge last week. That said if lawmakers don’t act, state employees would lose pay. It could also shut down the government.

State Rep. Avery Bourne is from Raymond. She's among 16 House Republicans who have filed a plan to pay government employees. Bourne says taking a shutdown off the table will provide stability. 

“Let’s take this political football away," she said. "Let’s ensure state employees their pay will be there. Let’s avoid a government shutdown because nobody benefits if that happens, and let’s move forward.”

Bourne says Madigan’s move to hang a shutdown over the heads of lawmakers is pure gamesmanship.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown calls Scherer's bill a "precaution" against the attorney general's action.

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