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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The governor’s office intends to move forward with plans to lay off state workers after its largest union refused to reopen its contract.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The governor’s office intends to move forward with plans to lay off state workers after its largest union refused to reopen its contract.

Representatives from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 met for several hours Thursday in Springfield.

Quinn spokeswoman Ashley Cross says they wanted AFSCME to reopen its contract to consider concessions, such as unpaid furlough days and a pay freeze.

AFSCME Executive Director Henry Bayer says the proposed concessions would cut workers’ pay by up to 15 percent and would still result in 1,000 layoffs.

To help deal with a huge budget deficit, Quinn has proposed 2,600 layoffs, including many in Illinois’ prisons.

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