Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration said this week it plans to appeal a court ruling halting hundreds of layoffs that were to take effect this week in order to help balance the fiscal 2010 budget.

Saline County Circuit Court Judge Todd Lambert issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking 500 layoffs at the request of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The union filed a compliant claiming that the layoffs violate its contract with the state and put public safety at risk.

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