(AP) – Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has filed a lawsuit over the way Illinois’ comptroller is handling employee pay.
The lawsuit filed Monday in St. Clair County Circuit Court says Democratic Comptroller Suzanna Mendoza is violating a 2015 court order.
The lawsuit contends the paychecks of 587 Central Management Services employees could be disrupted if the matter is not resolved by Wednesday.
A two-year budget stalemate between Rauner and legislative Democrats has not affected employee pay because the July 2015 order says workers have a contract to be paid even if there’s no money appropriated in a budget.
Mendoza’s office told Rauner’s that pay for CMS workers should come from a maintenance account that has money in it. Rauner says that money is needed for vehicle repair.