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Local union protesting budget stalemate

July 14, 2009 5:31:37 AM PDT
Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union that represents many state workers, held protests across Illinois urging lawmakers to support a tax increase.They marched outside the offices of nearly 40 state lawmakers, including John D'Amico of Chicago.

They're frustrated that Illinois has gone nearly two weeks without a budget. Lawmakers are due back in Springfield Tuesday to work on a deal.

Without a budget, checks could be delayed for state employees and groups that provide services on behalf of the state.

A spokesman says a tax increase is responsible to the public.

"It's not about public employee unions, it's about providing services. When you're going to lay off 1,000, 2,000, prison guards, you're talking about devastating communities down state," said Larry Spivack, an AFSCME regional director.

State Representative D'Amico was not able to be reached for comment.


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