Top lawmakers sue Governor Quinn over paychecks

By WEEK Producer

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 8:17 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Two of the state's top lawmakers are suing Governor Pat Quinn for their paychecks.

On Tuesday, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton filed a lawsuit against Quinn, alleging the veto power he used earlier this month to suspend lawmakers' pay was unconstitutional.

he lawsuit filed by Madigan and Cullerton not only puts the two top Democrats in the Illinois House and Senate against Quinn, a Democrat, it puts Madigan against his own daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

When Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said she wasn't going to issue legislator paychecks, she said she was getting advice on the issue from the Attorney General.

Tuesday afternoon, Quinn defended his use of the line-item veto to suspend paychecks and said if legislators used as much effort on pension reform as they did crafting the lawsuit, pension reform would be a done deal.

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