Committee delays hearing Speaker Madigan's proposal to fire state workers

State Capitol Bureau

A bill that could ax as many as 3,000 politically appointed state workers did not get considered by a House committee as scheduled today.

Rep. Daniel Burke, D-Chicago, chairman of the House Executive Comittee, said the sponsor, House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, decided not to have the bill considered by the committee today.   Burke said it might be taken up during another hearing by the committee later this week.

Some Democratic House leaders said they are working with Gov. Pat Quinn's staff to possibly narrow the focus of the bill so that fewer than 3,000 people will be affected.  When it was introduced, it included not only state workers but people serving on boards and commissions.  The bill covers people hired and appointed during the terms of former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.

GateHouse News Service State Capitol Bureau