State Workers Wait For Back Wages, Governor Quinn Plans Gay Marriage Ceremony

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Published on November 7 2013 1:54 pm
Last Updated on November 7 2013 1:54 pm
Written by Millie Lange

State Workers Will Have To Wait For Back Wages

(Springfieid, IL) -- Thousands of union workers waiting for the state to pay them back wages will have to wait longer. The "Springfield Journal-Register" says the Senate is ready to spend $50 million in supplemental spending, but none of that is for the workers.

A separate bill to cover the $112-million owed to them isn't close to approval during this veto session. House Speaker Michael Madigan doesn't want the state to spend more money, and wants the agencies to use their existing budgets to cover the back wages.

Quinn Plans Large Ceremony Far Gay Marriage Bill Signing

(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Pat Quinn is planning a large event for the signing of a bill legalizing gay marriage in Illinois. Quinn says he'll sign the bill before the end of the month, but the exact timing will depend on when the various advocates can get together. He says his office is making arrangements for a sizeable crowd.

Quinn has also hosted a party after the vote in the gavernar's mansion and got a call from President Obama about the bill's passage.