Just how state workers will get paid by the middle of the month without an appropriation measure is unclear, but all sides are chiming in.
Monday Governor Bruce Rauner said he will do everything in his power to pay state workers. Attorney General Lisa Madigan countered with her legal opinion that absent an appropriations bill only nonexempt employees like first responders and clerical workers could get paid the federal minimum wage. Early in the day Tuesday Governor Rauner told employees at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency that he wants to pay employees their full salary but some people want to pay workers less.
The next pay period for state workers is July 15 and AFSCME has threatened legal action if state workers do not get paid.