Springfield….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) issued the following statement following a St. Clair County court’s decision to deny Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s motion to stop state employee paychecks.
“I want to offer my thanks and gratitude in regard to a St. Clair County Court’s decision to deny Attorney General Madigan’s motion that would have stopped state employee paychecks.
As I’ve said from the beginning, there was no rhyme or reason to AG Madigan’s timing on this motion. The judge was right to deny this attempt to stop employee paychecks and force a government shut-down. Furthermore, I would discourage any further attempts by the Attorney General to spend tax payer dollars fighting a losing and dangerous legal battle.
I am supporting a bipartisan effort to take state employees off of the political chessboard and it is my hope that negotiations on that legislation will continue to move forward, even in light of this decision. We have to take the necessary steps to protect the working men and women that provide critical public safety, mental health, and other necessary services to Illinois taxpayers.”