Saturday, April 03, 2004
Chicago Tribune | Governor OKs bill to keep OT rules
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich [ed: Democrat -- they always leave this out] on Friday signed into law a bill to override new federal overtime-pay rules even though those rules have not yet taken effect.
"I think it's reasonable to anticipate that it's very likely to happen and, therefore, we can't let that happen," Blagojevich said. "We want to preempt that here in Illinois and if somehow we're wrong and it doesn't happen, we've not hurt anything by this legislation."
An estimated 375,000 Illinois workers, such as licensed practical nurses and emergency medical technicians, would no longer qualify for overtime pay under the new rules proposed by the [ed: Republican, let's not forget] U.S. Department of Labor, according to the governor's office.
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