A Cook County judge's ruling Tuesday that state employees won't receive their salaries during a budget impasse adds a new wrinkle as the Republican Governor and Democratic-led legislature struggle to reach an agreement.
State workers have good reason to worry about their checking accounts. A judge says only employees deemed "essential" can get paid during the impasse, and then only at $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage. With no imminent resolution between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislators, there's no telling how long paychecks will be on hold. But there are options.