Oral Arguments Over Lawmaker Pay Set For Next Month

Aug 6, 2013

Gov. Pat Quinn

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)