Illinois lawmakers have decided not to seek the interest they are owed after Governor Pat Quinn withheld their paychecks for several months.
Quinn blocked their pay in an effort to force the legislature to pass a pension reform plan. A judge later ruled that the governor’s action was unconstitutional, and ordered the lawmawkers to get back pay and interest.
But since the judge didn’t specify how the interest was to be calculated, the extra money wasn’t paid. Legislative leaders originally indicated they might go back to court for the interest money… but have now decided against it.
The interest could have amounted to an average of more than $100 per legislator.