Rauner tells state workers they will be paid

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to reassure state employees they will continue to be paid for working if there’s no state budget agreement by Wednesday.| Getty Images

Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to reassure state employees they will continue to be paid for working if there’s no state budget agreement by Wednesday.

A memo obtained by The Associated Press Monday from the Republican governor to all government workers says administration lawyers are working to make sure paychecks go out when due. He says employees should continue to work their regular schedules.

Rauner says he would explore “every option” if anyone blocks the plan. The state employees’ credit union has already agreed to no-interest loans.

The new governor and majority Democrats in the General Assembly have not been able to agree on a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Wednesday.

Democrats say Rauner doesn’t want to pay for vital services. Rauner wants reforms adopted first.

BY SARA BURNETT, Associated Press

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