Schimpf votes yes, favors honoring promises to state workers
SPRINGFIELD – Tens of thousands of state workers in Illinois could see IOU’s for back wages paid out thanks to the Illinois Senate’s passage of HB4290. The bill appropriates more than $63 million for back wages owed to AFSCME members dating back to 2011.
Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) a cosponsor of the bill, voted yes on the measure on Wednesday, May 30, as he has been a strong advocate for honoring the promises made to the men and women who put in the work, but never got the pay they were promised.
"This is long overdue,” said Schimpf. "The Illinois Supreme Court has said that this is a valid, contractual debt that the State of Illinois owes to some of its workers. It’s time we pony up and get this done."
More than 24,000 state employees could be paid out for their service to the state in the Departments of Corrections, Human Services, Juvenile Justice, and more.
“A lot of state workers impacted by this never thought they’d see this day come,” said Schimpf. “As I’ve previously stated— this measure does what the state said it’d do more than seven years ago. It’s only right to honor our obligations.”
The measure passed out of the Illinois House last week and now heads to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk for final approval. The Governor’s Office has been neutral on the issue.
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