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Tue August 6, 2013
Oral Arguments Over Lawmaker Pay Set For Next Month
Gov. Pat Quinn predicts that a lawsuit over his decision to suspend lawmaker pay for failing to act on the state pension crisis will be a ``landmark'' case.
Quinn attended a court hearing Tuesday involving a lawsuit filed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton force Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks.
A Cook County Circuit Court judge set oral arguments for Sept. 18.
Last month, Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' pay in the state budget after threatening consequences if they didn't act on pensions.
The lawsuit asks the court to decide if Quinn's line-item veto fully eliminated lawmakers' salaries. If the court upholds Quinn's amendatory veto, plaintiffs wants the court to declare Quinn's action unconstitutional.
Quinn says his move is constitutional. (AP)