- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says the state is going to cut about 35 percent of its paid parking spaces for employees in downtown Chicago.

In a Tuesday news release, his office says eliminating 80 paid spots will save roughly $100,000 yearly. The decision affects state agency workers, mostly chiefs of staff and directors.

Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman says the move cuts the number of paid spots from 226 to 146. He says many of those left are for shared cars in downtown garages employees can use.

Quinn’s decision was part of an ongoing “budget review.”

The Chicago Democrat is considering whether to approve a $35.7 billion budget lawmakers sent him.

State spending is a top 2014 election issue. Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) is challenging Quinn, who’s seeking a second full term.

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