Union lawsuit seek full pay despite no Illinois budget

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Unions representing Illinois state employees have filed a lawsuit demanding they will be paid in full and on time despite the lack of a 2016 fiscal year budget. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 and the Service Employees International Union among others filed the lawsuit Thursday in St. Clair County Circuit Court. The unions argue the state’s failure to pay employees their full wages under their unions’ respective collective bargaining agreements would violate their contracts. The unions also added their voices to a case brought by Attorney General Lisa Madigan in Cook County Circuit Court. She seeks a judgment on whether workers can be paid no more than minimum wage. The unions contend the court should order the state to continue paying employees on time and in full.