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Gov Drops Leg Pay Suit

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:13:10 CST
By: IPR's Amanda Vinicky

A battle bridging all three branches of Illinois government is over. As IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports, Governor Pat Quinn has dropped his lawsuit against the legislative leaders.

In an attempt to force legislators to pass a pension overhaul, Governor Pat Quinn canceled their salaries. Vetoed them right out of the state budget. It was going to be up to the Illinois Supreme Court whether or not a governor has that power -- a lower court had said he doesn't. Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette says the governor is dropping that suit, as Illinois now has a law that cuts workers' retirement benefits.
"That's going to make our state stronger, therefore we're moving ahead."

Quinn did not veto his own pay, but he voluntarily put his paychecks on hold during the pension impasse. The comptroller's office confirms the governor has now collected $73,921 in back pay.

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