Governor Quinn sued by lawmakers over pay suspension

Governor Quinn is now being sued for keeping state lawmakers from being paid, until there’s pension reform.

Thursday is payday for state lawmakers, but they won’t be getting their checks.

Earlier this month, the governor used his veto powers to eliminate a budget item that included lawmakers’ salaries, including his own.

He says the legislature will get paid when it passes pension reform.

But now democratic leaders John Cullerton and Michael Madigan want a judge to stop Quinn’s plan.

They say the governor is undermining the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government.

“If the governor’s line-item veto is upheld, the independence of each member of the General Assembly is forever compromised,” their

lawsuit states. “Any governor will hold a trump card over a co-equal branch of government, attempting to bend the members of the

General Assembly to his or her will with the threat of eliminating their salaries, which for some legislators is their only source of

income.. In this particular instance, Governor Quinn has stated that his dispute with the General Assembly is over the lack of pension

reform legislation. Next time it may be gun control, abortion rights or tax policy.”

No republicans are named in Cullerton and Madigan’s lawsuit.

Governor Quinn says he’s ready to defend taxpayers in the courts.

“If legislators had put forth the same effort to draw up a pension reform agreement that they did in crafting this lawsuit, pension

reform could have been done by now,” Quinn said in a statement. “Legislators should not be rewarded for an endless cycle of

promises, excuses, delay and inertia on the pension problem.”

2 comments

  • WAWWLI

    So lets waste more Illinois money that we dont have and stall fixing the pension issue some more by suing! I applaud the gov. for suspending pay. If you are not doing your job, you should not get paid. Thats the way it is for every other employee everywhere else, why not there! Seeing how this is working, all these people should be voted out next election. Obviously we can see that they are only in it for the money and not for the people they represent. Future lawmakers will then get the picture that if they dont do their job, they wont get paid, and will be only a 1 term lawmaker.

  • Chris

    Record breaking time for these guys to draft up a lawsuit! Seems like when their money is involved they actually can work together. Seems like these lawmakers have their mind on only one thing, themselves.

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