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Lawsuit Filed Over Paycheck Veto

Jul 30, 2013

The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate have filed a lawsuit over Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of legislative salaries.

Quinn said the lawsuit is "just plain wrong."

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

In a statement, Quinn said if lawmakers put in that much effort into overhauling Illinois' pension mess, there could have been reform by now.

Quinn this month cut from the state budget nearly $14 million for legislators' paychecks.

Lawmakers this spring failed to come up with a solution to the nearly $100 billion pension crisis, and when a pension panel blew another deadline, Quinn stopped their pay.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton filed a lawsuit against Quinn in Circuit Court of Cook County. They said Quinn's action was "purely political and unconstitutional."

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has said she has no choice but to withhold paychecks.