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*** UPDATE x11 *** THIS JUST IN…ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN MOVES TO DISMISS STATE EMPLOYEE PAY ORDER

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

Posted by Barton Lorimor

* 7:13 p.m. - A motion filed moments ago in St. Clair County Circuit Court by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan requests the dissolution of previous orders allowing payment of regular wages to state employees despite the absent appropriation authority.

Expect updates to come soon including the motion.

…Adding…For those who need a little background: Normally, state agencies send payroll vouchers to the Comptroller citing specific budget lines (appropriations). But when the state started fiscal year 2016 without a budget, the agencies could not send their payroll to the Comptroller. AFSCME filed suit in St. Clair County Court, which ordered state employees be paid even though there were not budget lines for it.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in a lawsuit brought by AFSCME the state did not have to pay raises outlined in the last enacted bargaining agreement because the Legislature did not give state agencies the appropriation authority.

The AG is essentially bringing the higher court’s ruling into the St. Clair Court’s order.

* 7:21 p.m. - From the AG…

This is our filing broken into two documents. The motion is the second attachment.

* 7:28 p.m. - Attorney General Madigan’s statement…

“Like everyone else in this state, I have long hoped that the Legislature and the Governor would pass and enact a budget. Unfortunately, that has not occurred and an order by the St. Clair County Court has removed much of the urgency for the Legislature and the Governor to act on a budget. However, during this long impasse, the Illinois Supreme Court overruled the sole legal basis for the St. Clair County Court’s order to allow state operations to continue without an appropriation. With a new legislative session now underway, this is an appropriate time to ask the Circuit Court to reconsider this order in light of the changes in the law.”

* 8:42 p.m. - I asked the Attorney General’s Office to elaborate on the timing of this motion. Here’s the response…

It has always been our goal to allow the executive and legislative branches to do their job without further litigation. While the stopgap budget was in place, it was our hope that the Governor and Legislature would continue to work to enact a full fiscal year budget. The Legislature and the Governor now face the need to enact a budget for the rest of the fiscal year. With the legislature in session, this is an appropriate time to address the need to pass a full budget to cover all operations.

* 7:32 p.m. - From Anders Lindall, spokesman for AFSCME Council 31…

We learned of this filing barely an hour ago. We are reviewing the motion and will respond in court.

Despite all the chaos in state government in the past two years, the people of Illinois have been able to count on state employees being on the job to serve them. The last thing Illinois needs is the further instability that blocking state payroll could cause.

Governor Rauner created this hostage situation by refusing to enact a fully funded budget unless his unrelated personal demands were enacted first. He should put aside those demands and do his job to work toward a budget without preconditions. Even so, we are shocked and extremely disappointed that the Attorney General would take this action. It is fundamental that everyone who works must be paid on time and in full, but this filing throws that basic commitment into question for state employees.

* 7:49 p.m. - From the Comptroller…

“Had Governor Rauner met his constitutional duty to propose a balanced budget in 2015 or 2016, we would not be facing a scenario where the livelihoods of our frontline employees could be threatened in this way.”

“Due to Governor Rauner’s abdication of his constitutional executive duties, our state finances continue to be managed almost wholly by court orders and judge edicts. It’s shameful that under his administration, the fifth largest state in the country is forced to operate like a bankrupt business.”

“We do not welcome the prospect of state employees going unpaid. I, like my fellow lawmakers, have been going without a paycheck. The last thing I want is for state employees to join me. I can tell you first-hand how hard I see my employees work. They do not deserve to be used as pawns in a manufactured budget impasse.”

“That said, I will abide by all court rulings as Attorney General Madigan pursues this court action.”

* 8:10 p.m. - From the Illinois Republican Party…

Illinois Republican Party Statement on Madigan Political Court Filing:

“While serious bipartisan negotiations have accelerated in the Senate, it is outrageous that Lisa Madigan tonight decided to put Speaker Madigan’s power politics ahead of hard-working families in an effort to shut down state government. Only a Madigan would try to disrupt bipartisan momentum in a matter that threatens to cripple government services and hurt state workers and their families. Comptroller Mendoza and every Democrat in the state who claims to be independent of the Madigan machine should immediately denounce these tactics and stand on the side of state employees and those who depend on them.”

* 8:25 p.m. - From Catherine Kelly, Gov. Rauner’s spokesperson…

“It’s disappointing to see any move to stop employee pay and disrupt government services, especially now as the Senate is on the verge of a bipartisan agreement to enact a balanced budget with changes to the system. This filing seeks to directly harm thousands of employee families and even more who rely on our dedicated state workers everyday. We urge the Attorney General to reconsider this filing and pledge to do all we can to defend employee pay.”

* 8:53 p.m. - Leader Radogno…

“The legislature has been involved in very public, delicate negotiations. The timing of this action could create an unnecessary crisis that could derail real compromise.”

* 9:26 p.m. - [Posted by Rich Miller, who is back from a speaking engagement in Decatur) Senate President Cullerton’s spokesman in the Sun-Times

“The Senate president has said that there is an urgent need to have a budget and this would appear to add to that sense of urgency,” spokesman John Patterson said.

* 9:39 p.m. - State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond)…

“The recent court filing from Attorney General Lisa Madigan can only be described as putting politics over people. This politically-motivated action is the same kind of Chicago-style politics that the Madigans too often employ. At a meeting I attended just this morning, a comment was made that, ‘as soon as deals in Illinois are close to done, someone always tries to blow it up.’ While the Senate has been negotiating and making progress towards a bipartisan budget deal, Madigan chose to instead disrupt state employee pay in an attempt to force a shutdown of state government, crippling vital government services and endangering families who rely on them. Attorney General Lisa Madigan should immediately denounce these hardball political tactics and stand with state employees and those who rely on state services.”

* 9:46 p.m. - House GOP Leader Jim Durkin…

The timing of the Attorney General’s action is questionable in light of the current attempts to resolve the budget impasse. This decision clearly undermines the legislature’s duty to negotiate a bipartisan solution

- Posted by Barton Lorimor        

213 Comments
  1. - no one - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:24 pm:

    Finally.


  2. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:24 pm:

    Checkmate, Bruce!


  3. - Smitty Irving - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:33 pm:

    Fair Labor Standards Act? Treble damages? Bueller? Bueller?


  4. - NIU Grad - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:35 pm:

    Support State workers…by eliminating their pay?

    Go team, I guess


  5. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:37 pm:

    AG made a straight flush on the river. Your move Bruce…call, raise, or fold?


  6. - Generic Drone - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:37 pm:

    More great news for state employees. When are you guys gonna stop using us as pawns in your power schemes?


  7. - NIU Grad - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:38 pm:

    I think you lose your moral standing to criticize the Governor for “forcing a crisis” by then using the same tactic.


  8. - wondering - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:38 pm:

    AFSCME, you are part of the problem. No pay, no work, that simple. Stop working! No budget - no appropriations are constitutionally meant to have consequences. You have allowed Rauner to play this game long enough.


  9. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:40 pm:

    “we are shocked and extremely disappointed that the Attorney General would take this action.”

    Anders, you’re not thinking this through. This would take the onus off of AFSCME to call a strike.


  10. - Cleric Dcn - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:40 pm:

    This answer from afscme makes no sense, that is what they want. No need to strike just no pay. This will resolve the problem in no time. It will only be matter of days before some will not be showing up to work. Let’s find out what that means.


  11. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:41 pm:

    Odd timing given the momentum of the past few weeks.


  12. - Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:43 pm:

    What does this mean for the employees? Are they still suppose to go to work?


  13. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:44 pm:

    Wow. Curveball. Wait and see I guess.


  14. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:45 pm:

    @mama

    Yes!


  15. - Anob1234 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:45 pm:

    This will force some form of a temporary budget is my guess. I am glad she did this as we shouldn’t be continuing without a budget. The debt can’t go up for much longer before we hit the bottom of the funnel.


  16. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:45 pm:

    Employees will continue to get paid until Feb 28th. After that they no longer get paid and do not go to work.


  17. - Roman - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:46 pm:

    Only 18 months late with this.

    The St. Clair court ruling directly runs against case law (AFSCME v. Netsch, 1991) and has been ripe for an AG appeal since it was issued in the summer of ‘15. Why is Lisa moving now?


  18. - Rabid - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:48 pm:

    Systematic change just like govenor wanted


  19. - MommaDee - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:49 pm:

    AG’s right. Nero#1 Madigan and Nero#2 Rauner clearly have felt no real sense of urgency from the beginning. Public health and social service infrastructures, higher education institutions, etc have been allowed to founder, or are hanging on by some minor/major miracles. Countless vendors are owed money for the whole FY17, because state is so cash poor it can’t process payments even though there was a half-year budget.

    Also, if landlord and utility companies had given overdue notices, served eviction or shut off notices to the State like they do for actual people, this would have been over back in early FY16. But who knew it would have dragged on this long?! Something drastically different needs to happen.


  20. - Just Me - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:49 pm:

    It is unfortunate that state employees are the pawns in this fight, and I feel sorry for those families that will now be wondering “what if”, but we need pressure to get a deal, and this could be that pressure.


  21. - DuPage Dave - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:49 pm:

    Once again I raise my glass to all the AFSCME members who were so happy to vote for Rauner and stick it to Quinn. You voted yourselves into this mess. Hope you enjoy it.


  22. - Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:52 pm:

    Is there a reason this is being done now?


  23. - Free Set of Steak Knives - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:54 pm:

    A little quick on the draw there, Ducky.

    Your employer cannot force you to show up for work if they are not paying you.

    In fact, if you show up for work and there is no authority to pay you, they should send you home.

    As far as unemployment goes, I believe you are eligible for unemployment just as if you had been fired without cause.

    Perhaps Anders Lindall can weigh in on that, or someone from IDES.

    Complain all we want, but the Attorney General is doing the right thing here. She is sworn to uphold the Constitution, and the Constitution requires an appropriation before the governor can spend money. As she points out in her motion, the St. Clair County circuit erred in its ruling. Was that judge Baricevic, BTW? Sticking his neck out for AFSCME sure did him a lot of good.


  24. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:54 pm:

    Michael Madigan and the daughter that he controls!


  25. - Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:55 pm:

    “Employees will continue to get paid until Feb 28th. After that they no longer get paid and do not go to work.”

    All employees or just AFSCME?


  26. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:58 pm:

    –All employees or just AFSCME?–

    I would presume all.


  27. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 7:59 pm:

    All employees = Government Shutdown


  28. - Cardsfan - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:00 pm:

    @Mama-If there’s no authorized approp to meet agency payroll budgets, I would assume that means ALL employees, even Merit Comp, not just AFSCME.


  29. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:01 pm:

    Calling CK…
    Calling JT…


  30. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:02 pm:

    What’s the significance of Feb 28th???


  31. - Free Set of Steak Knives - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:02 pm:

    === I, like my fellow lawmakers ===

    Um?


  32. - Consideration - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:03 pm:

    They have until 2/28. All they have to do is pass an appropriation. This is not a big deal.


  33. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:03 pm:

    Picked the wrong night to see a play…

    Whoa.


  34. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:04 pm:

    Maybe this is the play…cause a shut down forcing Bruce to capitulate and reach a budget agreement which includes going back to the bargaining table with AFSCME.


  35. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:06 pm:

    Welp, “ck” can’t use the Word Jumble on this one…

    About that National Guard thingy…


  36. - Aaron1010 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:06 pm:

    No troopers, no corrections officers, no DCFS case workers?

    I’m sure Brucie has qualified replacement workers just lining up to fill these positions.


  37. - Cardsfan - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:07 pm:

    @MyNewHandle- I’m suspect there will be another email from JT tomorrow to all state workers that could go one of two ways. Either the “evil democrats are tryin’ to withhold the pay from all you hardworkin’ state workers” and how the administration will fight to make sure we get our pay. Or it could be a la his last email, and say we’re expected to report to work even if there’s no money to pay us, or risk being fired, and the state will pay once there’s an appropriation? Sorry JT….been there, done that, still waiting.


  38. - Hottot - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:09 pm:

    I’m a state employee, and I welcome this. Without a budget, if the court order to pay us is abandoned, Rauner will see what a strike would do to the state, without state workers striking. Your move, guv’na!


  39. - Rabid - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:10 pm:

    Govenor said there would be no stop gap


  40. - Illinoised - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:11 pm:

    I love snooker.


  41. - Just Me - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:13 pm:

    C’mon, Comptroller! Yeah, the Governor has to introduce a balanced budget, but the General Assembly also has to pass one too. Be the independent Comptroller you promised to be.


  42. - Rogue Roni - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:16 pm:

    The Illinois Republican Party has the state workers best interests in mind. They probably have some delicious Trump steaks to sell me.


  43. - Sangamo Girl - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:16 pm:

    While small, there are non-GRF state agencies with 12-month FY17 appropriations. They will continue to be paid.


  44. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:17 pm:

    Kinda ironic that Republican Party is now concerned about the State Employees and their families.


  45. - JS Mill - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:21 pm:

    If I recall Rich thought this could happen and if it did, it would be a game changer.

    Maybe they all should listen to Rich.


  46. - Consideration - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:21 pm:

    This is the chance for Dems, Manar, Sara Wojicki and the others to tell Rauner….no appropriation until labor peace.


  47. - State Worker THX 1138 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:21 pm:

    Vacation! /s


  48. - Generation X - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:22 pm:

    -I think you lose your moral standing to criticize the Governor for “forcing a crisis” by then using the same tactic.-

    Totally agree NIU Grad. Before anyone gives me the “it was her duty under the law.” I would like to remind folks that she defended a blatantly on it’s face unconstitutional pension bill. She is no different than her father


  49. - Cardsfan - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:23 pm:

    Where were these concerned members of the Republican party when the votes were being taken on SB1229? Oh that’s right…..voting NO. Butler, Jimenez, I’m looking at you…..


  50. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:25 pm:

    Let me be the first to say it. Lisa Madigan for Governor!


  51. - Finally Out - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:26 pm:

    “What’s the significance of Feb 28th???”

    End of pay period…


  52. - anon - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:29 pm:

    Wow, what timing! This is sure to add pressure to get a budget deal done. This is also sure to sway some AFSCME members that may be on the fence (or against) to vote to authorize a strike. Just budget talks seem to have some movement and then backslide a bit, and just before the planned strike auth. vote.


  53. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:30 pm:

    Good. More pressure to make a deal.

    And whatever Anders. AFSCME striking would probably be an extinction-level event for public employee unions in this state on top of all the other things working against them nationally, so if this move puts off an AFSCME strike then the union is better off having Rauner force a work stoppage based on their being no budget.


  54. - TCB - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:32 pm:

    Had the AG done this in July, I would have supported her. As it stands, it really appears she waited until there as actually momentum (albeit small) towards a deal to play this card. This looks terrible.


  55. - Generation X - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:33 pm:

    Getting hard to distinguish which party hates labor more. Rauner seeks to destroy Collective Bargaining and implement draconian health costs.

    Meanwhile Quinn in his own way destroys Collective Bargaining by withholding Contractually obligates pay and raises and them pushes an Unconstitutional Pension Bill. Meanwhile Madigan she of the many Conflicts of Interest seeks to force a budget on back of State employees. Gotta love this State


  56. - Pontiac - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:34 pm:

    Mynewhandle
    That ship sailed a long time ago


  57. - TCB - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:36 pm:

    =While small, there are non-GRF state agencies with 12-month FY17 appropriations. They will continue to be paid.=

    While this may be true, if CMS, The Comptroller & Treasurer staff are all off the job there’s physically no way to pay staff even if the authority to do so exists.


  58. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:39 pm:

    As a member of AFSCME, it is so nice to hear that CK has had a change of heart and now cares so much for me!

    I can hardly wait for JT’s kind words in the email we will surely find in our inboxes tomorrow! /S


  59. - Generation X - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:40 pm:

    Does anyone really believe Rauner will respond well to this pressure? This may sink those budget talks


  60. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:43 pm:

    @Pontiac - Fire up the boilers! Load the cannons! Sink the Bismark (Rauner)!


  61. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:45 pm:

    Well, the AG is on firm legal ground. The Supremes clearly interpret the appropriations clause to mean that there needs to be a legislative appropriations bill in order for state workers to receive a paycheck. I don’t like that decision, but it is the law.

    I don’t know about this February 28th stuff though. Who knows how long it will be until a court would actually enforce the motion? It could drag on for a while.

    The Illinois Republican Party’s reaction is really patronizing and out of touch. “Only a Madigan…” Give me a break. They can’t just keep saying “because, Madigan” while the state actually falls apart. It’s totally irresponsible. That’s probably the point here. The GA can just send an appropriations bill to Gov. Rauner whenever they want. Then Gov. Rauner would have to actually take some responsibility one way or the other with the bill.


  62. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:49 pm:

    The budget talks fell apart. The Senate left town with nothing to show for the dog and pony show. How long were adults supposed to wait to end this?


  63. - Pontiac - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:50 pm:

    Mynewhandle,
    Just don’t point those cannons at yourselves like you did in 2014.


  64. - facts are stubborn things - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:50 pm:

    This is how we use to get budgets.


  65. - Nick Name - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:52 pm:

    This has been needed since August of 2015. For way, way too long Gov. Gaslight been allowed to hide behind the court order. I understand AFSCME looking out for its members in filing the lawsuit, but the union should have just stood aside and let this play out. It might have had a contact by fall of 2015.


  66. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:53 pm:

    I should have added to my last comment: Neither was AFSCME informed of this move.


  67. - lost in the weeds - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:55 pm:

    They are asking for pay order to be dissolved effective February 28, 2017 to give time for a budget to be passed. Not sure what paycheck would be affected. Does that mean that a paycheck would be issued for last pay period in February?


  68. - Daniel Plainview - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:57 pm:

    Don’t worry, Louis, I’m sure Bruce will loan a shill like you a bit if the WCC skips a check.


  69. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 8:57 pm:

    @Pontiac - I voted for Quinn and urged all who would listen to do the same. Not enough listened.


  70. - Anon1234 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:02 pm:

    As an Afscme member, I’m glad this is happening as it forces a budget of some sort. On the downside, a strike would be more effective if there were no budget in place.


  71. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:05 pm:

    @Daniel Plainview, no worries from me. But there are roughly 180 employees in that particular agency who are going to completely freak out when they get the news tonight/tomorrow.

    Maybe they’ll remember who kept missing all those leadership meetings in December?


  72. - Daniel Plainview - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:07 pm:

    - But there are roughly 180 employees in that particular agency who are going to completely freak out when they get the news tonight/tomorrow. -

    Thank god your better 1/8th isn’t one of them!


  73. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:12 pm:

    Governors Own - Louis G Atsaves -

    They ALWAYS do… in the end

    “Pat Quinn failed”

    Bruce Rauner shut down the state with no budget”.

    Same… as it ever was.

    OW


  74. - velvet - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:12 pm:

    We’re done watching others play checkers. Time to play chess.


  75. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:17 pm:

    @Daniel Plainview: “. . . Thank god your better 1/8th isn’t one of them!”

    My better 1/8th? Check your math. I’m Greek Orthodox, not old school Mormon!


  76. - Gypsy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:18 pm:

    I read the court document. If no budget is signed by 2/28/17 state employees will not be paid therefore non essential employees cannot be required to work. It will cause a shut down of state agencies . I think it’s better than a strike because you won’t have anyone crossing the picket lines.


  77. - The Reignin Lithuanian - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:18 pm:

    This is tough love. Really tough love.


  78. - Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:19 pm:

    Well…..bugger. Jeez I can’t believe she popped the nuke. I’m not sure what to think.


  79. - Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:20 pm:

    Where did the 2/28 date come from?


  80. - A Modest Proposal - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:20 pm:

    I cant wait for someone to run against her, and use this…


  81. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:21 pm:

    Dear “ck”

    Your boss never wanted s budget until he got his agenda.

    Thems the breaks.

    Nothing is good about this, but your boss hasn’t been about budgets, but you already know that. Your press responses tell us so.

    “Thanks!”

    OW


  82. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:23 pm:

    ===I cant wait for someone to run against her, and use this…===

    When this proves to be the move that finally gets us a budget and labor peace she’ll be the one using it.


  83. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:24 pm:

    Oh, and NO more passengers.

    Now we will see who wants a budget, and who wants something else…

    No more hiding.


  84. - Pawn - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:25 pm:

    awesome! Welcome to the fold, new hostages.


  85. - Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:26 pm:

    Oh God this is really going to collapse the workforce. I thought a strike would be bad. Nobody getting paid is worse. So many state workers especially the lower paid ones are paycheck to paycheck. People are going to find other work if they can. Or retire en masse. Holy crap what a horrid mess.

    Please folks if you are religious pray for us.


  86. - Thoughts Matter - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:27 pm:

    So now ck says we are dedicated state workers who provide needed services. Last week we were overpaid Leeches who were taking money from taxpayers.

    This action is needed. Do I want to go without a paycheck? No. Can I afford to? No. But neither could any vendor or medical provider whose 18 months behind getting paid.


  87. - Mittuns - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:27 pm:

    Make Illinois Budget Again!


  88. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:28 pm:

    – awesome! Welcome to the fold, new hostages. –

    Any of them with state health insurance were already at least partial hostages.


  89. - Desert Dweller - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:29 pm:

    Well, federal minimum wage pay is better than nothing right?


  90. - Nick Name - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:29 pm:

    This is what has been needed since August of 2015. AFSCME should have stood aside back then and let nature take its course. They might have had a contract by fall of 2015.


  91. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:30 pm:

    We’re all MAP students now.


  92. - CEA - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:34 pm:

    >“The legislature has been involved in very public, delicate negotiations. The timing of this action could create an unnecessary crisis that could derail real compromise.”

    Thanks and all due respect to Senators Radogno and Cullerton for finally making an effort to resolve the impasse. But, seriously, Senator? “The timing?” “Unnecessary crisis?” “Derail?” It’s been eighteen freaking months since we had a budget, we’ve been in crisis ever since, and the metaphorical train is at the bottom of a ravine, upside down, and on fire. I can’t say I’m sorry to see the AG bring the hammer down.


  93. - Thoughts Matter - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:35 pm:

    honey bear - the dates in the filing. May be end of pay period, or 30 days notice.


  94. - Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:35 pm:

    Desert Dweller- you don’t get it. Illinois doesn’t have the capacity to pay people minimum. The Government will shut down. ENTIRELY Rauner will kill us this way. He’ll destroy the workforce.


  95. - Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:38 pm:

    Thanks Thoughts Matter- funny I didn’t think to check there. I’m kind of in shock. We’re a two state worker family. We’re screwed. Big time.


  96. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:40 pm:

    Inevitable, appropriate and welcome, after all this time.

    Is paying state employees without an appropriation Constitutional or not?

    That’s a bedrock question (inevitably, for the Supremes) to answer for Illinois citizens going forward, long after we’ve passed from our current h-a stewardship of our democracy.

    For crying out loud, it’s much bigger than a “Bruce and Mike” reality show episode.

    The question goes to the foundation of division of powers and governance.


  97. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:42 pm:

    sorry, 9:40 was me.


  98. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:42 pm:

    John Patterson wins the quote. Everyone has everything to lose unless a budget gets done

    I was at a play and ot didn’t have a plot twist like this…

    … in the end, the play was fiction. The reality of what has been going on is all to real.

    Enough.


  99. - Desert Dweller - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:43 pm:

    State Employees have to be paid if they work. If they don’t work they can’t get paid. May as well as strike rather than be paid less than a minimum wage worker in Illinois. What choice is left than to strike before a court ruling?


  100. - Lomez - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:43 pm:

    -TCB- nailed it.

    Too much talk of “reforms” and “senate” lately, I guess.

    It’s like she didn’t even care to make it look like she wasn’t covering for Dad.


  101. - Reese's Pieces - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:43 pm:

    The 2/28 reference is in the 2nd motion attachment. Top of page 2.


  102. - Scotch34 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:44 pm:

    @honeybear Feb 28 is the end of pay period…

    I think I missed something, who is ck?

    As for JT, can’t wait for the next installment of BS with JT


  103. - Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:47 pm:

    Desert Dweller- there was a court order to pay us before because the comptroller claimed they didn’t have the ability to pay everyone minimum. That’s what I’m talking about.


  104. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:47 pm:

    2/28 is not right

    They can stop pay immediately

    We will still get paid tomorrow


  105. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:48 pm:

    ““The recent votes by me can only be described as putting politics over people. This politically-motivated action I did, continually voting against state workers added to the stalemate. Don’t be fooled by my phoniness, or my ridiculous statement. Look at… my voting record against state employees and specifically union employees, when I just didn’t vote my district or state when it mattered”

    - Fake Rep. Avery Bourne (”R”)


  106. - Scotch34 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:49 pm:

    AG said that the 2/28 was used to give employees a chance to prepare for not getting paid. Really, cause any normal person would need more than a month to prepare for not getting paid!


  107. - Thoughts Matter - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:51 pm:

    OW - thanks for the fake Avery comment. Can we just add Rep. Tim Butler to it?


  108. - Scotch34 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:52 pm:

    Well said DesertDweller…wonder what influence that had on AG picking that date, if any?


  109. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:53 pm:

    For those who think that minimum wage is an option, please remember that the 40+ (ancient) payroll systems in this state do not turn on a dime. The “Terminator” governor of California tried to switch his workers to minimum wage also and was told by his computer programmers to “FORGET IT!”


  110. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:56 pm:

    –But there are roughly 180 employees in that particular agency who are going to completely freak out when they get the news tonight/tomorrow.–

    Hang in there, Louis! Shake em up! Can’t be compassionate if we’re not competitive!

    You do understand that thousands of contracted social service workers have been thrown out of work already, by design? Contracted providers who did their work in good faith have been thrown out of business due to the political strategy you support.

    You’ll never miss a dine, Louis. This will force a deal before it can wind it’s way to the Supremes.


  111. - Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:56 pm:

    Desert Dweller- just talked to AFSCME people I totally trust who are in the know. They didn’t know this was going to happen.


  112. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:59 pm:

    ===…thanks for the … comment. Can we just add … to it?===

    Add all those that voted “Yellow” when it “mattered”, add the new “civilian” Ken Dunkin, add the Raunerite state party with #TaxHikeMike…

    Enough. Enough is enough.

    60 and 30.

    You don’t got it…

    Get it. Get it… Or move on to get it.


  113. - ITEngineer - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:00 pm:

    Really ILGOP/Representative Bourne? You’re just going to stand aside and say nothing when the Governor threatened hardball political tactics to threaten State Employees earlier today (National Guard comment). Where was all this outrage then? The hypocrisy is thick tonight. In the words of Chris Rock ‘I’m not saying Lisa should have done this…but I understand’.


  114. - GetOverIt - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:02 pm:

    Off to the private sector I go….triangulation at its best. That Madigan knows what he’s doing. Unleash the kracken!


  115. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:02 pm:

    @Anonymous: ” . . . Hang in there, Louis! Shake em up! . . . ”

    Sorry. Not my motion to intervene. Not my motion to dissolve a prior court order. And yes, a lot of state employees will completely freak out tomorrow. Anyone that thinks otherwise is engaging in “alternate facts.”


  116. - Desert Dweller - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:02 pm:

    State payrolls were probably gearing up for a minimum wage before the court orders came down. Agencies are more proactive than people give them credit for. As long as Mendoza says “process”…


  117. - MyNewHandle - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:04 pm:

    I sure didn’t know about this before I saw it on Capitol Fax. Hopefully this will supply the (much needed) kick in the pants that all parties need to resolve this. Anyone that uses this to create more chaos and destruction should be run out of Illinois!


  118. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:05 pm:

    ===This decision clearly undermines the legislature’s duty to negotiate a bipartisan solution.===

    Leader Durkin, whom I greatly respect.

    You know a governor is required to submit budgets.

    Rauner has left it up to the Legislative, passively derailing anything without his agenda wants.

    Respectfully, Leader, if the Attorney General did anything, she highlighted the lacking of the Executive, and enough is enough.

    You and Leader Radogno, you know that fighting for paying workers without a budget IS the leverage point this governor can’t let fail.

    I respect you both. Please, make this the last straw. Help the governor, don’t aid him in his misunderstanding.

    Respectfully,

    Oswego Willy


  119. - Its Time to Retire - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:10 pm:

    Perhaps it is time to throw in the towel and retire, at least I get a check, I don’t have to put up with peoples grief when i cross the picket line, and I don’t have to put up with anymore BS that is going on. UNBELIEVABLE!!!


  120. - Property of IDOC - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:11 pm:

    Where will 38,000 of us sign up for unemployment??
    Does Kanerva protect our Ins?
    Fair labor standards = pay for work (except of course the 30k I’m still out in PQ backpay).


  121. - cdog - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:15 pm:

    Seems like this might be a two-fer.

    If the motion to pay is dismissed, and the law of the land is no money if no appropriation, that would seem to hurt the last legal action taken by the group of service providers. They were hoping to get paid based on the pay checks being issued with no appropriation.


  122. - Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:15 pm:

    Desert Dweller, you obviously don’t work for state government. Shut it will you. The agencies can’t do payroll. It’s the comptroller. They said they can’t change the computer system. Got it?


  123. - CCP Hostage - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:15 pm:

    Glad someone finally lobbed the nuke. I think the only question here is whether or not they’ll do a partial appropriation just to keep state employees paid or if they’ll do a whole budget. As a long time hostage, I gotta hope for the whole budget, but I’ve grown cynical.


  124. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:15 pm:

    –Where will 38,000 of us sign up for unemployment??–

    You can’t. You’d still have a job and there’d be no one at the unemployment office even if you could.


  125. - Anon - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:16 pm:

    Yes!!! Finally, some good news! I had given up hope that this would happen. Please let it happen soon!!


  126. - CCP Hostage - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:17 pm:

    @C-dog. Bingo.


  127. - Yiddishcowboy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:20 pm:

    Oy vey!


  128. - Retired Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:24 pm:

    Will this stop retirees pension checks too?


  129. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:29 pm:

    Here is the Raunerite state party in a nutshell…

    ===…Only a Madigan… ===

    Read it. It’s not about state workers, a budget, governing, compromise, even a “Grand Bargain”…

    ===…Only a Madigan…===

    The Raunerite phoniness is aimed at Madigan, “Madigans”… not about budgets, the law, legality…. it’s all about…

    ===…Only a Madigan…===

    Speaks volumes. The state party isn’t caring about the state, they care that “It’s a Madigan”

    Wow.


  130. - Piece of Work - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:29 pm:

    Honey bear, thought you moved to the private sector.


  131. - anon - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:32 pm:

    I was all excited until I read the comment about them just passing an appropriation before 2/28. Any chance they’ll refuse to do it so we can stop coming to work and solve everything?


  132. - Smitty Irving - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:32 pm:

    Roman, again, under FLSA, some workers are owed minimum wage, budget or no. And if NOT paid they get treble damages. While it is lamentable CMS and IOC can’t figure out who is, and is not, required to be paid under FLSA, those funds are due. Or is this the 1950s?


  133. - CharlieKratos - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:34 pm:

    Honeybear, don’t get too worked up until all the facts are known. It’s possible something may be worked out with local credit unions, it’s possible that something will be worked out before 2/28, heck, it’s possible we’ll have a contract because of this (though that may be a pipe dream). The point is, don’t let this news stress you out. Stress will shorten your lifespan and we’re going to have plenty of opportunity to be stressed for the next 4 years already.

    Look at the bright side, every day that Trump is in office, there’s less of a chance that Rauner will win in ‘18. See? The bright side.


  134. - Telly - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:36 pm:

    ===This decision clearly undermines the legislature’s duty to negotiate a bipartisan solution.===

    No, Leader Durkin — it does the exact opposite. It forces all of you to actually reach an agreement rather than pontificate.


  135. - Seats - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:36 pm:

    A strike would make it a labor dispute and leave you unable to file for unemployment.

    A lockout would seemingly be a laid off lack of work and make one eligible to file.


  136. - Federal - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:41 pm:

    Many state employees are federally funded. If Lisa’s motion is successful, then the federal government should freeze ALL funds that it sends to Illinois.


  137. - Anon44 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:42 pm:

    Good for Lisa. Should have done this in June of 2015.

    Mendoza’s statement? Spare me. She could have asked for similar action — and with more credibility as the new person on the scene. But, so far, Susana has indicated she will follow the path of least resistance toward easy political scores: complaining about Munger leaving a messy office, holding up legislative pay, etc.


  138. - anon - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:43 pm:

    The timing with the strike vote starting next week is odd as this may make some “yes” voters switch to “no” for the reason below and in hopes that everything can be fixed without a strike.

    - Seats - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:36 pm:

    A strike would make it a labor dispute and leave you unable to file for unemployment.

    A lockout would seemingly be a laid off lack of work and make one eligible to file.


  139. - Scotch34 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:43 pm:

    @seats this isnt a lockout or strike. This is state workers not being paid for work being done. So…where does that fit in?


  140. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:44 pm:

    Rauner and his toadies did not support the Cullerton Radogno plan. So for him to claim that we were on the verge of a deal is just more fake news.


  141. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:46 pm:

    How does this move “derail” negotiations? It doesn’t stop legislators from doing their jobs. In fact, it may motivate them. Imagine the angry calls from Joe SixPack if he can’t get his DL renewed.


  142. - Pismo - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:48 pm:

    It has to be done, however difficult. This court order had been undermining the functioning of our democratic system at its core.


  143. - Smitty Irving - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:49 pm:

    Follow-up question. By stopping state employee pay, how much in child support won’t be made, and how many people will end up on Public Aid as a result. Child support was one of the reasons John Chiang got was able to defy the California Supreme Court and issues paychecks without a budget. Beuller? Beuller?


  144. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:53 pm:

    =Scotch34 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:43 pm: “seats this isnt a lockout or strike”

    I disagree. This is a lockout. No pay = no work - per federal law.


  145. - Federal - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:56 pm:

    Smitty Irving- if state employee pay stops, those state employees with a child support obligation will not be able to pay it. In essence, children have also been made into pawns by this action. Our politicians must be proud of themselves.


  146. - Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:58 pm:

    = Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 9:26 pm: =

    I’m sending prayers to you and all of the state workers.
    Game Plan:
    We all need to pull together and start writing letters to the governor and our district legislators to pass a budget. Call them to make sure they pass a budget by 2/28/17 that appropriates money for the state workers, etc..


  147. - RNUG - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:01 pm:

    The game just changed to Bridge and Lisa played her trump card.


  148. - Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:05 pm:

    No paycheck means no money for children support payment. No paycheck(s) for the state workers affects more than just the state workers. It will affect business too.


  149. - RNUG - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:05 pm:

    == Will this stop retirees pension checks too? ==

    They have a continuing appropriation, so it shouldn’t as long as there are a few people to take a couple of actions.


  150. - Downstater - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:05 pm:

    Maybe this will push the Governor to submit an actual balanced budget, which includes only a personal income tax increase. Given the budget analysis of the Senate plan, I’m guessing that a balanced budget will require a much higher income tax rate than 4.99%.

    We can then hope that the House and Senate to pass their own balanced budgets, pass one and submit to the governor.

    I also suspect that neither the governor nor speakers Madigan/Cullerton wants to be the bearer of the honest news, but it will eventually have to be done.


  151. - Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:06 pm:

    RNUNG, who is Bridge?


  152. - Seats - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:09 pm:

    Scotch - if you make under your weekly benefit amount you would be viewed as unemployed imo; unless the state finds a way to claim it is a labor dispute. Not sure how they could do that as this wouldnt be the employees choice.


  153. - RNUG - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:11 pm:

    == Does Kanerva protect our Ins? ==

    Kanerva only applies to retiree insurance.

    There are other laws about employee insurance … worst case scenario would probably be paying under COBRA.


  154. - MAMA - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:11 pm:

    =* 8:53 p.m. - Leader Radogno… “The legislature has been involved in very public, delicate negotiations. The timing of this action could create an unnecessary crisis that could derail real compromise.”=

    Derail real compromise from whom (Madigan, the governor, the legislature or the state workers)?


  155. - Free Set of Steak Knives - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:13 pm:

    It took Mendoza less than a day to figure out how to bump Rauner’s bonuses to the back of the payment line.

    I am sure she has FLSA figured out. Figuring out who is FLSA exempt is not that difficult, and they have a month to do it.


  156. - RNUG - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:15 pm:

    -Mama-,

    It was a joke of sorts.

    Mike Madigan has often been said to be playing the game of Chess while Governors were playing the game of Checkers. Lisa changed to the card game of Bridge.


  157. - Fiona - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:27 pm:

    Steak Kinves,

    Incorrect. Comptroller literally has none of the information necessary to determine who is or is not FLSA exempt. This has been covered ad nauseam in the previous episode of this terrible show we are living through.


  158. - Shemp - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:34 pm:

    1) Always amusing to see people run down to St Claire to file
    2) Amusing to see people blaming Gov for potential forthcoming pay stoppage when the AG chooses now to run to Southern IL to file this. Not saying it isn’t right, but don’t deny it smells….


  159. - Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:35 pm:

    == Free Set of Steak Knives - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:13 pm: ==

    The problem is the computer system(s).


  160. - Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:36 pm:

    ==- RNUG - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:15 pm:==

    I got it. Thanks


  161. - Free Set of Steak Knives - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:38 pm:

    Fiona:

    Job descriptions for all positions are on file with CMS. Just because Leslie Munger and Bruce Rauner say something, does not make it true.

    I think though that FLSA is a moot point. No employee covered by a collective bargaining agreement can be required to work for free or even for minimum wage. They have a contract, the terms of which are still in effect.


  162. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:38 pm:

    Free Set, but remember Munger said it was impossible lol? Just like it was impossible to figure out which employees are in unions despite dues are deducted from their pay?


  163. - Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:42 pm:

    Rich or RNUNG, What about the state employees whom are partially or fully federal funded? Will they still get paid?


  164. - RNUG - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 12:18 am:

    == They have a contract, the terms of which are still in effect. ==

    And which contract is that? The one extended by the tolling agreement? Is it still valid since the labor board declared an impasse? Or is it the one the labor board said Rauner could impose on his terms?

    For answers, tune in later today for the next episode of As The State Burns …


  165. - Ugh - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 5:47 am:

    AFSCME continues to work with and support Madigans while they have raided pensions, pension reform, and now this- get your head out of your rear AFSCME!


  166. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 6:23 am:

    AFSCME is doing just what it should be doing, advocating for its members to the best of its ability!


  167. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 6:27 am:

    Rauner only wants to destroy the unions (and Democrats, if he can) to make the world a better place for the very rich!


  168. - Lionel Hutz - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 6:31 am:

    Telling that not one commenter has suggested the AG is wrong on the law. Start with that understanding, before you worry about who’s “winning.”


  169. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 6:33 am:

    This Governor should be removed from office for dereliction of duty!


  170. - Anti-m - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 6:45 am:

    -Anon
    A lockout would seemingly be a laid off lack of work and make one eligible to file.-

    Problem is- who’s going to be around to accept and process your claim?


  171. - P. Stachio - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 6:47 am:

    How’s about that for an OODA LOOP?!?


  172. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 6:52 am:

    Sorry, Anon, just realized that you were commenting on -Seats- Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:36 pm- statement.


  173. - swIFT taylor - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 7:08 am:

    I think she did it so her crusty old man would get off the dime and help foster a compromise.


  174. - Anti-m - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 7:10 am:

    Anonymous @ 6:52am was me.


  175. - Rabid - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 7:16 am:

    Dough boy how do you like them cookies from the madigan and madigan bake shop?


  176. - Rabid - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 7:34 am:

    Governor get your head out of the oven your are thoroughly done


  177. - Honeybear - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 7:41 am:

    Mama NOBODY GETS PAID! Federal money gets passed through the system then sent to the worker. All paychecks come from the comptroller. It doesn’t matter that your job is Federally funded.


  178. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 7:41 am:

    Lisa gambles to cut the Gordian knot with a hand grenade


  179. - The_Equalizer - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 7:44 am:

    Iiinteresting. This should change the calculus some, although it creates 30,000 more budget hostages. And not just AFSCME, this is INA, crafts, management, and so on. Will Rauner’s superstars get paid too? Hmm!


  180. - Nolongeranon - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 7:45 am:

    Gutsy


  181. - Honeybear - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 7:46 am:

    February 28th, 2017 Illinois becomes a failed state. It shuts down. ALL WORK STOPS. NO WORKER WORKS.

    ITS WHAT BOTH SIDES WANTED TO PUT MAXIMUM PRESSURE ON EACH OTHER.

    BUT IT IS GALLIPOLI FOR STATE WORKERS!

    NOW THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE THE OPTION OF CROSSING THE PICKET LINE IF THEY NEED TOO!

    IT IS GALLIPOLI


  182. - PublicServant - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:03 am:

    March 1st DMV Customer: Hi, I’d like to get my license renewed.

    Illinois National Guardsman at port arms: Step back citizen.


  183. - $Appropriations - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:19 am:

    For those that are not aware, Federal Funds are appropriated in the same manner as General Revenue Funds. It does not matter if you are paid from a federal fund or GRF. If there is not an appropriation or a continuing appropriation that applies to you, you will not get paid, if the Court grants the AG’s request.


  184. - reluctant il resident - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:20 am:

    I love this move. The fact that the standoff hasn’t caused massive pain led to its dragging out. The dems botched two years in a row by passing k to 12 school funding. That, plus the court pay orders, left only social services and universities to suffer.


  185. - Union stweard - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:23 am:

    I will instruct all members to not vote for Lisa Madigan in the next election.


  186. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:28 am:

    ===I will instruct all members to not vote for Lisa Madigan in the next election.===

    LOL!

    You have state workers that voted for Rauner, and AFSCME workers who wanted to teach Quinn a lesson, and yet here you are… and you learned nothing.

    It’s the ignorance of what’s at play here is why your “decision” to again seemly want things against yourselves is why state labor is where it is today, trying to stay afloat.

    But, by all means, teach the Attorney General a lesson like Quinn, lol.


  187. - State Engineer - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:34 am:

    Honeybear

    No offense but your about to conduct a series of Strike votes. If going without pay because of this is a deal breaker than no one should vote to strike. IMHO this will be over long before a strike would be. This hits everyone in the State Teamsters all of us.

    Again No offense I’m not against you or AFSCME but this and a Strike have similar results for the employees in that no work & No Pay. Difference is this is a much larger lever than a strike. There is no blaming greedy state workers on this one. This is on the Gov and to a lesser extent the GA.


  188. - Publius - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:34 am:

    Did I miss the statement from state rep Jimenez? Since she didn’t put out a statement I’ll do itfor her

    I love the 99th, we need efficiencies did I say how much I love the 99th. I am from here except being born somewhere else. Efficiencies I love the 99th # #


  189. - Small Town Girl - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:36 am:

    I believe Paychecks were delayed a bit due to a budget standoff in the 80’s. The Credit Union offered loans to state employees in the amount of their paychecks until it was resolved.


  190. - State Engineer - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:41 am:

    *You’re*


  191. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:43 am:

    Can we please not do all caps? I haven’t had my coffee yet. Thanks.


  192. - JS Mill - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:43 am:

    =I will instruct all members to not vote for Lisa Madigan in the next election.=

    Lisa Madigan may in fact be helping you in the long run.

    As Rich has noted many times, the Governor and his crew have been fighting like mad to keep the pay flowing while, at the same time, refusing to negotiate with AFSCME and trying to force a strike. That would allow him (in his mind and many others) to place blame on AFSCME.

    While painful (I really understand that) the halting of compensation put the governor under direct pressure from citizens. Yes, it puts pressure on the legislature as well, but maybe the first real pressure on the governor.

    We shall see. But if you look in the mirror you can also see someone else that deserves the blame.


  193. - Ahoy! - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:43 am:

    No statement from Madigan? That is telling, although I guess he already spoke through his daughter.

    AFSME’s statement is why that union has no credibility. They do not represent their workers near as much as they are just a front for the political elites like the Madigans.


  194. - JS Mill - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:44 am:

    = I haven’t had my coffee yet. Thanks.=

    Friendly tip for today; go with the dark roast morning blend and add a shot or two of espresso.

    We are all going to need it!


  195. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:49 am:

    ===I will instruct all members to not vote for Lisa Madigan in the next election.===

    Wow! I hope you’re not my steward. I don’t take ‘instructions’ from anyone on how to vote. And, as OW suggested, you can’t see that if the AG’s motion is granted it will be a far less bitter pill to swallow for AFSCME members than a strike. A partial work stoppage that will be spun as the choice of greedy state workers vs. complete shutdown that Rauner owns.


  196. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:49 am:

    ===…he already spoke through his daughter.===

    Be better than this.

    If you were better than this you’d realize no one statement has said that this move by the AG is illegal, not proper, or without merit for a court to consider.

    Do you wonder why they haven’t?

    It’s all “Please reconsider”.

    So, be better. Understand what’s at play, and look at the move and the responses.

    Those with “Madigan!” or in that groove are the least knowledgeable to the moment.


  197. - lake county democrat - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:50 am:

    Hey Chris Kennedy - if you were wondering if Lisa is running…

    Hey John Cullerton - I may need to admit I’m wrong about you and Mike playing kabuki, because you had a very Dem-favorable deal in the works and this, at the very least, imperils it. We’ll see…

    Hey Bruce: Sequester is your friend. If they force you to propose a budget, consider one that kicks the cuts.


  198. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:52 am:

    JS Mill hit on my point too. I was typing as your comments were posted.


  199. - State Worker THX 1138 - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:56 am:

    Nothing from JT… Yet. I’m disappointed.


  200. - badnewsbob - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:58 am:

    Pretty sure I caught a whiff of napalm going down capitol avenue this morning.


  201. - Nick Name - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 8:59 am:

    “I will instruct all members to not vote for Lisa Madigan in the next election.”

    John Terranova, is that you?


  202. - Nick Name - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:01 am:

    Seriously, I can understand AFSCME wanting its members to get paid, but I also believe that preventing Gov. Gaslight’s ability to hide behind court orders will help in the long run. Roll with it.


  203. - A non - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:01 am:

    Great day for state workers! BVR will probably cave 2/27. The union is probably happy but can’t admit it publicly.


  204. - Smitty Irving - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:01 am:

    Lionel Hutz -
    Actually, I said the AG is wrong on the law - federal law.


  205. - Thoughts Matter - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:08 am:

    Just a reminder- in June 16, we were all instructed to come to work, paid or not. The credit unions and banks started gearing up to loan us money. Then the court order to pay was done.


  206. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:13 am:

    Honeybear, your Gallipoli reference is apt, yet in a sense, Rauner would then be the Churchill, in a way. There should never be such a comparison, even in fevered dreams


  207. - Nick Name - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:17 am:

    “go with the dark roast morning blend and add a shot or two of espresso.”

    I think we’ll need a shot or two of something stronger than espresso.


  208. - My New Handle - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:26 am:

    None of the “MyNewHandle” posts above are mine, if that matters.


  209. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:35 am:

    Nothing from The Terror yet


  210. - Just wondering - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:40 am:

    Does this include the teamsters at idot


  211. - Peters Post - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:42 am:

    The judge and the Attorney General made me vote for that tax increase.


  212. - Original Rambler - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:44 am:

    Cubs 8:52 is spot on. AFSCME and AFSCME employees should be thrilled and relieved by the AGs action. (Should have happened months ago.) Now I suggest cancelling anything related to strike authorization.


  213. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jan 27, 17 @ 9:45 am:

    OK, campers. We have a new post, so I’m closing comments on this one. https://capitolfax.com/2017/01/27/more-on-ag-madigans-motion/


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