Judge Rules That Illinois State Employees Only Earn Minimum Wage Without Budget
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and the state legislature are in the middle of a dispute over whether State employees can receive partial or full wage payments in the absence of a State budget created by the legislature and signed by the governor. In early July, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Diane Larsen ruled that, without a state budget to fund the government, state workers are only entitled to the federal minimum wage. State Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger is appealing the decision, citing concerns for continuity of care for the most vulnerable residents, including people with disabilities who depend on publicly funded services – such as employment, healthcare, residential, and transportation – to stay in their homes and have access to their communities. The Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois Vice President James Muhammad has also issued a statement expressing concern about potential harm to people with disabilities in danger of losing necessary home- and communitybased services they need in order to maintain integrated employment.