Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she's looking into whether Gov. Pat Quinn can legally cut lawmakers' pay. Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from a budget bill Wednesday. He says it's the consequence for lawmakers failing to address the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. Topinka says questions have been raised about whether Quinn's actions are constitutional. A provision of the Illinois Constitution says changes in lawmaker salary should not take effect during the term in which they were elected.
Topinka says she has requested a legal review. It should be complete before Aug. 1, when lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks. Quinn says a prior court ruling gives him the authority. He also says he's not changing their salary, just withholding the money to pay it.
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