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Wed September 18, 2013
Ruling On Lawmaker's Paychecks Expected Next Week
A Cook County Circuit Court judge says he will rule next week on a lawsuit over Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to halt lawmakers' pay. Judge Neil Cohen held oral arguments Wednesday. He said he'll issue his
decision by Sept. 26.
Quinn used his line-item veto to cut money for legislators' salaries from the
state budget because they hadn't fixed Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying
Quinn's actions were unconstitutional. They asked Cohen to order Comptroller
Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks.
Quinn says if lawmakers want to be paid they can vote to override his veto.
Lawmakers _ who earn a base annual salary of $67,836 _ have missed two monthly
paychecks so far.