Gov. Pat Quinn scored a big victory Friday in his plan to balance
the state budget. Arbitrator Steve Biereg ruled that the state acted
reasonably in the June ordering of the shut down of seven different
corrections and juvenile justice facilities.
However, the legal
clash between Quinn and the AFSCME Council 31 public
employees union over the closings continues. The conflict will now stretch past the
election and, quite possibly, the Illinois General Assembly’s fall veto
session scheduled for late November.
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