Governor Pat Quinn faces scrutiny for cutting lawmakers' pay, from a budget bill earlier this month.
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday the Illinois attorney general's office told her that without an appropriation, comptrollers cannot pay state employees, giving her no choice in withholding paychecks from state legislators. Topinka said the courts will most likely have the final say unless lawmakers come to a quick agreement on pension reform.
Quinn slashed $13.8 million for legislators, for what he says is a consequence for lawmakers failing to address the state's pension problems. Provisions in the Illinois Constitution state that changes in lawmaker salary should not happen during their election term.
Paychecks are scheduled to be sent to lawmakers on August 1, and according to Governor Pat Quinn, he's not doing anything wrong.
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