AG Madigan files motion to appeal with Supreme Court

CHICAGO — Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion for appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court, seeking to resolve whether, and to what extent, the Illinois Constitution permits the payment of the state employee payroll when the General Assembly and Governor have failed to enact appropriations statutes.

After conflicting court rulings in Chicago and in St. Clair County, Madigan is seeking a final court decision on the matter.
Although the appellate court had settled this issue in 1991, holding that the Appropriations Clause prohibits the payment of the state employee payroll without an appropriation, the Circuit Court of St. Clair County declined to follow that precedent, necessitating this Court’s intervention.

Based upon the St. Clair County Court’s ruling, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced today that her office has finished processing payroll for July 15, ensuring that all state employees will receive their scheduled paychecks without interruption.