Judge to make decision on lawmaker's pay next week

By WEEK Producer

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A Cook county judge said he will rule next week on the lawsuit filed against Governor Pat Quinn for suspending lawmaker's pay.

Unhappy with the lack of action on pension reform back in July, Governor Quinn used his amendatory veto power to cut the money for salaries from the state budget.

House and Senate leaders Mike Madigan and John Cullerton sued the governor in state court over the decision.

State representative Ron Sandack watched the hearing. He's worried the Governor's action might set a precedent.

"The idea that the Governor can just line item out pay in the middle of a session has a lot of implications," said State Rep. Ron Sandack, (R) Downers Grove.

The attorneys representing the lawmakers wouldn't comment after Wednesday's hearing.

A ruling is expected September 26.

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