St. Louis Public Radio News
9:36 am
Wed June 4, 2003

Blagojevich Will Veto Pay Raises

Springfield, IL – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he's vetoing pay raises for the state's constitutional officers, judges and lawmakers.

The governor says the move is part of $22 million in cuts he's making to the state budget the General Assembly just approved.

Blagojevich says he will also cut money that would continue to fund more than 200 captains' jobs in the state Department of Corrections.

Blagojevich says he's making the amendatory vetoes to the $52 billion budget because tough choices are needed to erase the state's roughly $5 billion deficit.

The governor says it isn't right to give some people raises when state agencies are being consolidated and some state jobs are being cut.

To hear a story from IL Public Radio's Bill Wheelhouse about the budget cuts, click here --->