Statehouse
5:41 pm
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.