The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate are filing a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's halting lawmaker pay over the state's pension gridlock. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton explained their move today calling Quinn's action ``purely political and unconstitutional.'' Earlier this month, Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks in the state budget through his veto power. Lawmakers failed to come up with a solution to the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis and when a pension panel blew past another deadline, he moved to stop their pay. Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has said she has no choice but to withhold their paychecks and cited a previous court case. Madigan's spokesman says the lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
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