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Quinn: Can't seek back pay until AG drops lawsuit

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:15 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:37 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he can't seek $140 million in back pay he's promised to unionized state workers until Attorney General Lisa Madigan drops a lawsuit on the issue.

Madigan's office says the lawsuit is "on hold" while officials await a legislative resolution.

Quinn and 35,000 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees agreed to a three-year contract last month.

The Democratic governor agreed to pay 5.25 percent in raises due in 2011 and 2012. Quinn refused to pay them, saying the Legislature didn't approve the money.

The union won a court ruling ordering payment and Quinn appealed. AFSCME agreed to the contract on the condition Madigan resolve the lawsuit.

Quinn's office says union health care concessions of $900 million overshadow back-pay obligations.

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