CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Some 30,000 state employees are celebrating the largest milestone in what has been more than a year long battle with Governor Pat Quinn.
In July 2011, Quinn canceled negotiated wage increases provided in the AFSCME union contract.
Thursday, a Cook County Circuit Judge ruled that the state is obligated to pay what it can now and make employees whole eventually.
The Quinn administration is now ordered to work with the Comptroller to place funds in a special trust that can only be used to pay state employees what they are owed.
The governor's budget office plans to appeal the decision.