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Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that he won’t lock out state workers if his administration and the largest public-employee union can’t agree on a new contract, but both sides acknowledged that they are nowhere near a deal.
Even as Illinois and the union that represents most of its employees agreed to a short-term deal Wednesday to keep workers on the job through contract negotiations, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed union-backed legislation that would have blocked strikes and lockouts.
Union-friendly Illinois Democrats say Gov. Bruce Rauner has so poisoned contract negotiations with state workers that they pushed legislation Thursday that would prohibit either a strike or the Republican governor locking workers out.
Quinn said in a news release late Wednesday that an Alexander County Judge dissolved an injunction stopping the closures.
Associate Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness issued the order from Alexander County, home of the Tamms Prison.
Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to close the state’s only supermax prison at Tamms, a women’s lockup at Dwight and various other corrections sites.
Most advocates for the disabled back the plan but wonder whether sick or disabled people will get necessary care.
Officials tinkered with the budget to come up with extra money which Quinn can use to run seven state facilities he had planned on closing.
Illinois has very low criteria for proving what is known as “causation,” or how job duties contributed to the injury, according to some.