Governor Pat Quinn has filed an appeal in Chicago to vacate a judge's decision ordering
the Quinn administration to pay back wages to state employees since July 2011. The appeal, affects
some 30,000 employees. Last December a judge found the governor owed the wage increases must
pay them in full now or at 7 percent interest in the future. The employees affected by the court
ruling include Department of Corrections, Human Services, Juvenile Justice, Natural Resources
and Public Health as well as Human Rights Commission. AFSCME Executive Director Henry Bayer
said in a release Wednesday, he is asking the governor again to drop his appeal and the pay the workers.