- Associated Press - Sunday, February 15, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois budget woes mean Illinois State Police troopers aren’t getting all the pay they’re owed.

Some are due as much as $10,000 in back pay, as well as in unpaid raises and allowances, the Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reported (https://bit.ly/17C5jxY ) over the weekend. That’s true even though troopers secured raises through arbitration last year.

Steve Clemente, president of Troopers Lodge 41, which represents more than 1,400 state police employees, was in Springfield earlier this month to lobby for the money to be included in the upcoming budget. And Clemente said, “We’re hoping it comes through.”

But with yawning budgetary shortfalls, there’s competition for state money from a long list of agencies insisting they need cash injection, too.

State legislators put together a budget plan in May that counted on the state’s temporary income tax increase being extended on Jan. 1; but it wasn’t extended. And without that extra revenue, state programs this fiscal year could be short hundreds of millions of dollars.

New Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to address these and other issues when the Republican delivers his first budget address on Wednesday.


Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com


Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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