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Quinn tries to skip $77 million in raises

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The dome of the Illinois State Capitol building.

Updated 1:39 p.m. and again at 3:27 p.m. with information about union.

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to cancel raises for thousands of state employees to help cope with the Illinois budget crisis.

The administration notified 14 state agencies and the affected unions that the 2 percent raises won't be paid as required by contract.

Quinn's office said Friday that lawmakers did not provide enough money in the new budget to cover raises for nearly 30,000 employees.

Quinn spokeswoman Mica Matsoff says 14 agencies won't have enough money to operate for the full budget year if salaries go up. Canceling the raises would save more than $75 million.

A major union is condemning Quinn's move.

The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees on Friday called Quinn's actions "illegal and irresponsible."

AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer says in a statement that the union will "pursue every available legal recourse."

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