Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced that 1,700 unionized Illinois Department of Revenue employees will get pay hikes the governor cancelled last year. Also, 56 employees at the Criminal Justice Information Authority will get raises that were included in their collective bargaining contract, but not funded in last year's state budget. A Quinn spokeswoman told the State Journal-Register that there is now enough cash on hand at these departments to pay the raises.
However, about 28,000 of the 30,000 employees who did not get raises last year continue their fight. A lawsuit regarding whether the state must pay the raises is now before a Cook County Circuit Court judge.