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Wed October 16, 2013
Ill. Supreme Court Will Hear Lawmaker Pay Dispute
The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear Gov. Pat Quinn's appeal of a ruling that his veto of money for lawmaker pay was unconstitutional.
The court issued its one-page order Wednesday without additional comment. A hearing date has not been set. Quinn vetoed money for lawmakers' salaries in July because he said they didn't deserve to get paid until they address Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying their fellow Chicago Democrat didn't have the authority to halt lawmaker paychecks.
Earlier this month a Cook County judge agreed and ordered that legislators be paid immediately.
Quinn then appealed directly to the state's high court, saying the case deserves an ``expeditious and conclusive'' ruling.