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August 1, 2014, 4:51 am
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Judge Rejects Quinn Motion; Lawmakers Receiving Back Pay


A Cook County judge has rejected Governor Pat Quinn’s request to keep withholding paychecks from Illinois lawmakers, while Quinn appeals an earlier ruling from the judge. 

 

On Thursday, Judge Neil Cohen ordered the state to give lawmakers the back pay that they were owed since July, when Quinn vetoed funding for their salaries in an effort to force them to pass pension reform.  Quinn filed an emergency motion to put that order on hold, but the judge denied the request, calling it “cynical” on Quinn’s part. 

 

The ruling means that lawmakers will not only get back pay, they will also get interest on the overdue amount.

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