Unions to Appeal Ruling Barring Full Illinois Worker Pay

A Cook County judge ruled Tuesday that only some state workers could get paid without a state budget

The leader of Illinois' largest state employee union says it will appeal a judge's ruling that workers can't be paid in full until lawmakers approve a new budget.

Roberta Lynch directs Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. She says public employees provide vital services and "should be paid for their work on time and in full."

Cook County Judge Diane Larsen ruled Tuesday that without a budget, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger may only pay some workers covered under a federal law. Attorneys for Munger say that because of antiquated payroll systems, the ruling effectively means no workers will get paid until Rauner and Democrats who control the Legislature approve a budget.

State worker unions have filed a separate lawsuit in St. Clair County.

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