SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) – Illinois State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says the state’s largest public employee union should not be receiving raises while Gov. Pat Quinn proposes to cut $100 million from human services.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, Quinn had proposed slashing drug and alcohol treatment programs by more than $200 million. He has since backed off by $100 million.
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Dillard says he wasn’t surprised by the decision to revise the proposal.
“The money is going to the unions,” Dillard said. “It’s not going to social services or the people that really need our services at the state.”
A representative of Quinn’s office says more federal money was found to help cover costs, and the decision to hire some new employees has been canceled.