County and Municipal Employees http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. Union: State Contract Talks At Standstill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-union-state-contract-talks-standstill <p>A union for Illinois government workers says negotiations with the state are at a "virtual standstill."</p><p>The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says concessions demanded by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn are "an insult to every state employee."</p><p>Quinn spokesman Abdon Pallasch says the state can't afford to keep salaries and benefits at their current levels. He told <a href="http://bit.ly/QmMxig">The (Springfield) State Journal-Register</a>&nbsp;that even after cuts, state employees would have generous benefits.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:45:31 +0000 The Associated Press 4707 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Union: State Contract Talks At Standstill