Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says State Government Shutdown Will Not Happen

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 4: Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner declares victory during his election night gathering while incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is yet to concede on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner leads by over 170,000 votes with 98 percent reporting. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 4: Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner declares victory during his election night gathering while incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is yet to concede on November 4, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Rauner leads by over 170,000 votes with 98 percent reporting. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner believes a partial shutdown of state government will not happen before the fiscal year ends June 30th.  The contracts of state workers represented by the American Federation of County, State and Municipal Workers also is set to run out at the end of the month.

Rauner says he doesn’t want to see the government shut down, but does want fundamental change in the workers’ contract.

“Right now we pay our employees on seniority,” Rauner says. “And over time that goes into the pension calculaiton and there is a lot of manipulation over time. What I want to do is change that.”

Rauner says closing state agencies and sending workers home isn’t in anyone’s best interest, but the budget lawmakers passed is short by four billion dollars.

SOURCE: CBS St. Louis

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