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October 23, 2014, 6:02 am
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Quinn Takes Legislative Pay Dispute To Illinois Supreme Court

Illinois lawmakers already have their back pay… but Governor Pat Quinn wants to reserve the right to withhold future paychecks from them if they don’t do what he wants. 


Quinn has filed a direct appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court… seeking to overturn a Cook County judge’s ruling that Quinn violated the state constitution when he vetoed legislative salaries.  Among the governor’s arguments is that the constitutional prohibition against “changing” legislative salaries during their term really only bans increasing salaries… not decreasing them. 


Quinn wants to use the paychecks as leverage to pressure the General Assembly to approve a pension reform plan.

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