WBEZ | state employees http://www.wbez.org/tags/state-employees Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lawmakers: No funds for state worker raises http://www.wbez.org/news/lawmakers-no-funds-state-worker-raises-104087 <p><p>SPRINGFIELD, Ill. &mdash; The Illinois House of Representatives is sending a message to state employees who are in the midst of negotiating a new contract: don&#39;t expect a pay raise.</p><p>The House voted 84-29 Wednesday in favor of a resolution that says lawmakers will not approve funding in fiscal year 2013 for a salary increase.</p><p>The resolution is not binding. But Speaker Michael Madigan, who sponsored it, says it&#39;s intended to send a message to both Gov. Pat Quinn and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that there isn&#39;t money for increases.</p><p>The unions have opposed the measure, saying it restricts their right to freely negotiate a contract. They also say it hurts low-wage workers, including those who care for the disabled and elderly.</p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/lawmakers-no-funds-state-worker-raises-104087 Illinois appeals panel puts insurance changes on hold http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-appeals-panel-puts-insurance-changes-hold-90115 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-04/RS819_AP110601082693.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has been ordered to wait a while longer before making sweeping changes to state employees' health insurance plans.</p><p>An appeals court has ruled that the state of Illinois must wait for a lawsuit over the changes to make its way through the courts before moving forward.</p><p>Illinois had awarded new health insurance contracts for employees that were to begin July 1.</p><p>But a lower court judge placed a stay on the new contracts as part of a lawsuit filed by providers who are upset they weren't chosen by the state.</p><p>The decision handed down Wednesday upholds the lower court ruling.</p><p>State employees are currently covered by temporary contracts that expire Sept. 28. Legislators say those contracts will likely have to be extended.</p></p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 14:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-appeals-panel-puts-insurance-changes-hold-90115