Hearing begins over lawmakers halted pay

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Governor Pat Quinn made a surprise appearance in a Cook County court today.

He’s being sued by state lawmakers for docking their pay until they address the state’s ballooning pension problems.

Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan argue the move violates the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branch.

Quinn disagrees.

The Democratic legislative leaders’ attorneys have asked the judge for a preliminary injunction allowing lawmakers to get paid.

They’re also requesting interest on the lost pay to date.


No decisions were made today and the only agreement was on a schedule to present the case.

Oral arguments in the case are set for September 18, after which the judge will issue his decision.  But no timetable has been set for that.

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