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Gov Suggests Lawmakers Legislate Not Sue

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:51:19 CDT
By: AP

Gov. Pat Quinn says if lawmakers don't like his decision to halt their pay they should take a vote instead of going to the courts. The Chicago Democrat spoke to reporters a day after House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued over Quinn's decision to cut pay. Quinn says his authority is constitutional. He has said he took action because of lawmakers' inaction on pension reform. Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from the state budget. That was after legislators failed again to come up with a solution to the nearly $100 billion pension mess. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has said she has to withhold paychecks. Madigan and Cullerton call Quinn's move ``purely political and unconstitutional.''

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