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GOP Lawmaker Moves To Take Money From Gov's Office

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 04:41:09 CDT
By: IPR's Amanda Vinicky

Several months after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed legislators' salaries from the state budget -- one lawmaker wants to turn the tables on him. IPR's Amanda Vinicky has more:

Quinn says lawmakers shouldn't be paid until they overhaul the state's pensions.
A judge rejected that move and the governor's appeal is still pending before the state Supreme Court, so lawmakers are getting their paychecks.
Nevertheless, legislators are still offended by Quinn's "attack," as Rep. David Harris describes it.
"It's my contention he and his staff haven't done their job, because it's a cooperative venture here in the state, between the legislature and the chief executive."

Harris, a Republican from Arlington Heights, has filed legislation to cut a million dollars from the governor's office. In response, a spokesman for the governor sent a summary of task forces, deadlines and public pronouncements Quinn has made to help resolve the pension issue, and says the governor isn't taking a paycheck until that's done. That isn't enough for Harris ... who notes Quinn has job perks most legislators do not.
"I'm not driven around by state troopers, I have to buy my gas myself, kay? I have to put food on my table and it doesn't come from the state coffers at the executive mansion. So there's a little bit of a difference here."

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