State

Rauner: Stopping state-worker paychecks would hurt families

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration contends Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s attempt to stop state employee paychecks amid the budget crisis is ill-timed and ill-conceived.

The Republican governor filed an appellate-court brief Friday arguing that Democrat Madigan should have acted sooner. And it said she doesn’t consider family hardships if paychecks stop.

Madigan said workers shouldn’t be paid without an appropriation. There’s been no budget since July 2015. That’s when a circuit judge ruled workers should be paid anyway.

Rauner and legislative Democrats continue to bicker.

Rauner’s brief said Madigan is late. A high court ruling Madigan cites was decided in March 2016.

But Madigan spokeswoman Maura Possley said the case didn’t close until June. By then, a temporary budget was approved. Madigan hoped it would yield a permanent fix.

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