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October 24, 2014, 5:20 am
970 WMAY News

Gov. Quinn to Appeal Judges Ruling on Legislators' Pay

Governor Pat Quinn’s attempt to force lawmakers to pass pension reform… by withholding their paychecks until they do… has been ruled unconstitutional by a Cook County judge.


The judge found that Quinn’s line-item veto of legislative salaries violated the plain language of the state constitution, and ordered that all lawmakers immediately receive their back pay, with interest.


The governor is expected to go back to court today to ask that the judge’s order be put on hold while Quinn appeals the decision.


But it may be too late… Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she ordered her staff to immediately process the paychecks, and says they will be deposited in lawmakers’ bank accounts first thing this morning.

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