06/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Quinn Hedging On State Employee Firing Plan (VIDEO)

Gov. Pat Quinn is backing away from Speaker Michael Madigan's broad plan to "fumigate" the government's ranks with job cuts, the State Journal-Register reports.

Madigan's bill would have purged as many as 3,000 state employees hired or appointed by disgraced former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. He said the bill was meant to speed the pace of reform in the state. Quinn said Thursday that while he supports the intent of the law, the state risks potential lawsuits and drops in productivity from such a widespread clear out.

"If you're honest and you're doing a good job, I don't want you to worry about your economic future," Quinn said. "If we disturb their work patterns, I think we're hurting ourselves."

Capitol Fax has video of the governor's remarks: