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Taxpayers Funding State Employees Who Show Up for Work at Closed Facilities

ICPR Executive Director Sarah Brune was interviewed for this news story

via NBC 5 Chicago

“Illinois taxpayers are paying state employees who show up for work at shuttered museums and other closed facilities at a cost of $1.6 million and counting, according to state salary records analyzed by NBC 5 Investigates.

With no end in sight to Illinois’ budget crisis, Governor Bruce Rauner began closing facilities and slashing state jobs last Summer in a move to cut costs. The savings were to amount to about five million dollars a year.

The governor grounded the state’s passenger air fleet on July 1st and later announced the closing of all five of its museums and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in downstate Sparta. Layoff notices were issued to more than 150 unionized employees at six state agencies.”

Watch the interview here


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