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Illinois state employees begin to receive back pay

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Some Illinois agencies are beginning to receive pay which was withheld during a budget battle during Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.

Almost $5 million has been distributed to state employees over the last few weeks.

Illinois owes employees about $300-$400 million in total.

Workers from agencies, including the State Lottery and Healthcare and Family Services, received checks.

The money was withheld during Rauner’s term as lawmakers struggled to agree on a state budget.

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