More layoffs announced for state workers

SPRINGFIELD — Despite a court ruling that allows workers to be paid even though there is no state budget, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is planning to lay off more than 171 employees on Sept. 30.

mapLayoff notices are being handed out this week to 33 conservation police officers, nine workers at the World Shooting Recreational Complex in Sparta, 54 staffers associated with the Illinois State Museum and four Sangamon County-based employees of the state’s coal promotion office.

In addition, 24 employees at the Illinois Commerce Commission, which regulates utilities, will receive pink slips as part of a reorganization. Other workers are sprinkled around various state agencies.

The layoff notices are the latest move in the ongoing budget impasse that has roiled state government. Until now, layoffs associated with the stalemate between Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly have been mostly limited to not-for-profit social service agencies that rely on state funds to stay afloat.

The union representing conservation police officers has created a map showing where the layoffs are. Since the beginning of 2015, IDNR has filled over 180 positions, including 161 Temporary and 29 Permanent. 59 of these have been since July 1st.