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Judge: Quinn Veto Of Lawmaker Pay Violates State Constitution; Governor Plans Appeal


Governor Pat Quinn's veto of legislative salaries violated the state Constitution, according to a Cook County judge who ordered Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue the back pay immediately. 

 

But Quinn plans to appeal the ruling from the judge, and is asking the order to be stayed while his appeal is pending. 

 

Quinn vetoed funding for lawmakers' paychecks back in July as punishment for failing to pass a pension reform plan.  Senate President John Cullerton says he hopes the judge's ruling will put an end to what he calls a "distraction" so that the real work on pension reform can resume.

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