There’s only a week on the job to go before Brenda Books and sixteen of her colleagues at the Illinois Department of Agriculture are laid off, but she says Gov. Pat Quinn is looking the wrong way to try to save money. What’s more, she says, he has broken his promise. Books, who lives near Springfield and who has thirty years of service to the state, is a seed inspector and a member of the Illinois Federation of Public Employees.
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“There’s a lotta, lotta waste in places they’re not even looking,” she says. In addition to cutting the light and telephone bills, she says the state rents far too much space around Springfield as opposed to owning it. She says the governor extracted eight furlough days from state employees in exchange for his promise that he would not layoff any workers.