Judge rules against Governor Quinn's veto of lawmaker pay

By WEEK Producer

Judge rules against Governor Quinn's veto of lawmaker pay

September 26, 2013 Updated Sep 26, 2013 at 3:25 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Illinois Lawmakers will not miss another paycheck. A Cook County judge ruled Thursday that Governor Pat Quinn's veto of the General Assembly salaries was, in fact, unconstitutional.

Back in July, unhappy with the lack of action on pension reform, 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 promptly filed a lawsuit over the decision.

Thursday’s ruling means State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka must pay lawmakers their pay dating back to August with interest.

Meanwhile, there has been no public movement on the state's pension reform crisis. A committee has been meeting all summer, in hopes of passing a bill during the fall veto session. That session begins October 22.

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