A new judge was tapped Wednesday to hear the lawsuit in Vienna by
the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
That means a hearing that was to have been Thursday won't be held
until Sept. 23.
AFSCME argues that the layoffs shouldn't be
allowed until the state finishes negotiating over their impact. The
union also says the layoffs would create serious safety hazards for
Illinois prison workers.
AFSCME sued last month in Johnson County, home of the Vienna
The Democratic governor says the layoffs are necessary to help
balance the state budget.
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