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Mon November 11, 2013
Sheriffs Win Round In Court Over Salaries
An Illinois appellate court has ruled for county sheriffs who seek to restore salary cuts imposed by state lawmakers.
The Quad City Times reports (http://bit.ly/1eFaJcq) the 5th District Appellate Court overturned a Franklin County judge's dismissal of a complaint that Gov. Pat Quinn and the General Assembly failed to budget the full amount of a state stipend.
Sheriffs in 101 Illinois counties, but not Cook County, were to receive a $6,500 yearly stipend from state in addition to their county salaries. The Legislature allocated only $4,196 for each sheriff in 2010 and 2011.
Former Rock Island County Sheriff Mike Huff sued for the missing $2,304, arguing the state cannot change the salary of an elected official while they are in office.
The appeals court returned the case to Franklin County.