Guv asks state workers to show up to avoid shutdown
By DOUG FINKE
STATE CAPITOL BUREAU
Gov. Rod Blagojevich is telling state employees to report to work Wednesday even if a temporary budget is not passed.
In a letter being distributed to employees today, Blagojevich said he is "asking for your cooperation to avoid a shutdown of government services by reporting to work (Wednesday)...''
Blagojevich assured employees that they will be paid in full for their service when a permanent state budget is finally approved. However, he also noted that if the budget impasse continues indefinitely -- and another temporary budget is not approved -- some employees may not be paid on schedule.
The letter states that all benefits, including health insurance, will remain in effect despite the lack of a budget. Blagojevich also said Credit Union 1 is prepared to provide short-term, no interest loans to credit union members who are state employees.
Blagojevich issued the letter just hours before a temporary budget expires that kept the state operating in July. The governor has asked lawmakers to approve another temporary budget for August, but the four legislative leaders said they are concentrating on crafting a permanent budget plan.letter from Guv to IL State Employees
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