Gov. Pat Quinn says state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is following the Illinois Constitution by not issuing paychecks to state lawmakers. Quinn put out a statement today after Topinka said she has no choice but to withhold the paychecks. Topinka's office reviewed Quinn's decision to cut state legislator's paychecks from a budget bill earlier this month. He called it the consequence for lawmakers' failure to address the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. The governor said Topinka ``properly recognized'' his line-item veto. Topinka says she hopes the matter will be resolved ``expeditiously.'' She says in her opinion government shouldn't be run through threats and blackmail. Lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks on Aug. 1.
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