Report: 250 state workers get raises

July 18, 2011 9:32:07 AM PDT
Illinois Sec. of State Jesse White has reportedly given raises to his entire staff of 250 non-union workers, at a time when the state is facing a huge budget deficit.

Recently, Gov. Pat Quinn said he could not give scheduled raises to state workers because there was no money for them. However, Crain's reports White's pay increases for people on his executive staff are costing the state $78,000 per month.

The Secretary of State has yet to comment, but according to the report, a spokesperson says the raises were needed to keep executive salaries even with wages of unionized workers.

The spokesman says White paid for the raises by cutting other expenses, including out-of-town travel and cell phones.