State agrees to release its share of county officers’ salaries

SPRINGFIELD — The State of Illinois has reversed its position on withholding payments for their share of the salaries of county state’s attorneys, public defenders and supervisors of assessments.

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The Illinois Attorney General’s office made the announcement Friday – just one day after White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud filed suit against the State Comptroller and Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Aud sued for the release of the state’s share of salaries for the key county positions that have been withheld since July 1 of last year.

White County was the latest in a string of Southern Illinois counties that filed suit against the State Comptroller and Director of the Department of Revenue. The county has since withdrawn its lawsuit.

However, despite receiving money from the state last week, Saline County State’s Attorney Mike Henshaw has said his county will let its suit remain standing to see if the state makes good on remaining payments.

White and Saline were just two Southern Illinois counties to file suit against the State of Illinois for the release of funds since the budget impasse began July 1. Jackson, Fayette, Union, Williamson and Franklin counties filed similar suits, as did St. Clair and Gallatin counties