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Friday, September 27, 2013

Illinois Governor Cannot Suspend Legislators' Salaries

The blog previously reported on Illinois Governor Quinn's decision to veto the appropriations bill to effectively suspend the Illinois General Assembly members' salaries.  His rationale at the time of his veto was that legislators should not be paid for not doing their jobs - in this case, failing to pass pension reform.  The legislators brought suit against the Governor, and the circuit court judge issued a ruling yesterday against Governor Quinn finding that Illinois law prohibits any change (increase or decrease) to a legislator's salary during that officer's term of office.  Immediately after the court issued its order, the state comptroller issued checks to the legislators. Governor Quinn has stated he will appeal the ruling, so stay tuned. 


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