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Supreme Court won't take up appeal of state worker pay case

The Illinois Supreme Court won't immediately consider Attorney General Lisa Madigan's appeal of a circuit court ruling that state workers must be paid during the state budget impasse.

Justices on Monday denied Madigan's request to bypass the appellate court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.

Madigan argues the Illinois Constitution requires an enacted appropriation for state spending. The Democrat says stopping state-employee paychecks would hasten a budget agreement.

A judge in St. Clair County last month refused to reverse a previous order requiring Illinois to pay workers in the absence of a spending plan.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has...

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