Quinn cuts staff salaries after flap over raises

By Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is reducing the salaries of his staff through unpaid days off, just weeks after it was revealed he's been giving raises as high as 20%.

Quinn said Friday he's requiring his staff and other managers to take 24 unpaid days off this year.

He says the days off will translate into a 9.2% salary cut and will save the state about $18 million in fiscal year 2011.

The Democratic governor came under fire after an Associated Press analysis revealed earlier this month that he's given 43 salary increases averaging 11.4% to 35 staffers in the past 15 months.

The increases came as the state struggles with a fiscal crisis and is awash in debt.

Quinn is also urging members of the General Assembly and their staffs to take 24 unpaid days off.

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