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Rauner administration: Lottery program shows ‘merit pay’ works

Sep 19, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — The state has paid more than $631,000 in bonuses over the past two years to dozens of Illinois Lottery employees for meeting sales targets and other goals.

Introducing programs like this, which reward workers financially based on certain measures of job performance, throughout state government has been a priority for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration in stalled contract talks with a union representing 38,000 state workers. The administration wants to do away with guaranteed annual raises in favor of what it calls “merit pay,” but the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 has…

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