Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking the Illinois Supreme Court for more time to consider legal options on his predecessor's claim that negotiations with the state's largest public employee union are at a stalemate.
The Democrat's lawyers asked the court Thursday for a 90-day deadline extension to seek an appeal of a lower court ruling that went against former GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner.
An appeal is unlikely. Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh says that Pritzker's ``priority is to return to the bargaining table.''
Rauner broke off contract talks with AFSCME Council 31 two years ago. He said talks were at an inextricable ``impasse'' and he could impose his terms.
He sought the high court's permission to appeal but left office Jan. 14.