Illinois Comptroller says she’ll continue issuing state employees paychecks

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says she’ll keep issuing state employee paychecks during the budget impasse unless the state Supreme Court intervenes.

Her office processed payroll this week despite conflicting rulings from two judges. She publicized her intentions in more than half a dozen interviews with news media outlets Wednesday, including The Associated Press.

Last week a Cook County judge said only some employees covered by federal minimum wage law could get paid, but the action was put on hold. A St. Clair County judge later ruled state workers can receive their entire paychecks.

On Monday Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office filed an emergency appeal with the high court.

Munger tells the AP if the Supreme Court agrees with the Cook County judge, she’ll stop issuing paychecks. She adds it’s “irresponsible” of lawmakers to not approve a budget.