Franklin County Suit Vs. State Gets February 26th Court Date

(BENTON, IL) — A judge is set to hear Franklin County’s argument in its lawsuit against the state on Feb. 26. The county filed its lawsuit in December seeking reimbursement of salaries that have been delayed due to the state budget impasse. Franklin County is seeking salary reimbursement from the state for the state’s attorney, public defender and supervisor of assessments. A hearing was held Friday in Benton where attorneys representing the Illinois Department of Revenue filed two motions. One called for delaying any action on the lawsuit until the appeal of St. Clair County’s is remedied. Another called for a change of venue to Sangamon County. Both motions were denied. A judge ruled in favor of St. Clair County last year and they were reimbursed for state supported salaries by the Illinois Department of Revenue. But attorneys filed an appeal with the Fifth District of Appeals Court in Mt. Vernon. Franklin County has not been reimbursed since the fiscal year began July 1.