Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has handed out raises - some of more than 20 percent - to his staff while proclaiming a message of "shared sacrifice" and planning spending cuts of $1.4 billion because the state is awash in debt.
The Democrat has given 43 salary increases averaging 11.4 percent to 35 staffers in the past 15 months, according to an Associated Press analysis of records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
You've got to think everyone's mad. After all, the state is stiffing healthcare and service providers that handle very vulnerable people. We're paying for inflated public sector salaries as it is.
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