Republican state representative agrees with pay reinstatement

By WEEK Reporter

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 27, 2013 at 6:40 PM CDT

COOK COUNTY Ill -- Illinois lawmakers are waiting to see if their salaries will be reinstated after their pay was halted by Governor Pat Quinn this summer.

As of yesterday, Illinois Comptroller, Judy Baar Topinka was ordered to immediately begin issuing paychecks -- with interest -- to lawmakers.

This came after Cook County Circuit Court Judge, Neil Cohen ruled that Quinn's decision to cut the legislators' pay was unconstitutional.

So far, lawmakers have missed two pay checks and were about to lose a third this week.

Governor Quinn made the decision in July after lawmakers were unable to come up with a solution to Illinois' $100 billion pension problem.

Republican representative, David Leitch said the Governor's decision to cut their pay has not solved anything.

"It has appeal to the populous part of the state. People think it is all such a big deal," said Leitch. "The hard work is to get in the room and work through to get the job done, rather than run all over the state with political theater and press releases."

Quinn says he will appeal the ruling to a higher court, and will not take a pay check until the pension crisis is solved.

A committee has been meeting all summer to find a solution to the pension crisis.

The hope is to pass a bill during the fall veto session. It begins October 22.

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