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Legis Leaders Want Salary Decision Fast-tracked

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:47:01 CDT
By: AP

Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan are trying to speed up the resolution of a lawsuit they filed against Gov. Pat Quinn over his decision to cut lawmakers' pay. A spokeswoman for Cullerton says the two leaders are asking a Cook County Circuit judge to rule on the merits of the case following Sept. 18 oral arguments, rather than just on a motion for a preliminary injunction. Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislative salaries from the state budget as a consequence for lawmakers' failure to address Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis. Madigan and Cullerton say the line-item veto is unconstitutional and violates the separation of powers. Lawmakers, who already missed their August paycheck, would miss another one before the motion would be decided.

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