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Blagojevich to Hand Out Performance-Based Raises

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich plans to give performance-based raises this year to thousands of nonunion state employees. 6,000 mid-level employees will compete for thousands of dollars in yearly raises and bonuses.

Spokesperson Abby Ottenhof says the program follows private sector models.

“Evaluations aren’t new to state government. What’s new is tying any salary adjustments or potential bonuses to the results of those evaluations,” she says.

The raises will reportedly cost the state $13 million this year. A legislative committee must review the proposal before it can become permanent.

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