Several hundred state workers are planning to picket outside the state fair gates today. Illinois AFL-CIO president Michael Carrigan says they want Governor Quinn to make good on negotiated pay raises. He says it's not just about the money, it's about protecting the integrity of union contracts. Carrigan says Quinn's move to freeze union pay raises undermines worker rights.
The governor reneged on the contracted raises because he says lawmakers didn't include money in the budget to pay them. The unions have filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to get Quinn to pay up.