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September 19, 2014, 6:49 am
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Comptroller Cannot Cut Checks for Lawmakers After Gov. Quinn's Line Item Veto


It looks like it will be a payless payday next week for every member of the Illinois legislature.

 

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she cannot legally issue the scheduled monthly paychecks to lawmakers next week, because Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the funding for their salaries.

 

Topinka says court rulings make it clear that she cannot issue a check without an approved appropriation.

 

Quinn eliminated legislative salaries in a bid to force lawmakers to approve a pension reform plan.

 

Topinka says she hopes someone will file a court case to address what she calls a “dangerous” precedent by Quinn… and says the governor’s action is no way to lead the state.

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