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8:38 am
Thu December 5, 2013

After Pension Vote, Gov. Quinn Will Get His Back Pay

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to get about $74,000 in back pay now that Illinois lawmakers have finally approved a pension deal.  

The governor used his line-item veto power this summer when he halted legislators' salaries, saying they shouldn't get paid until they addressed the nearly $100 billion pensions crisis. He also stopped accepting his own paychecks.  
A judge disagreed with Quinn in September and the comptroller began issuing checks to lawmakers. But

Quinn still didn't accept his own salary.  
Lawmakers approved the pension reform plan this week and sent the measure to Quinn Wednesday. The deal could save the state $160 billion over three decades.  

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1jp6u54 ) Quinn's uncollected paychecks haven't been requested from the comptroller's office.  
Quinn earns $177,400 a year.