Ex-state Legislator Sues to Recover Cost-of-Living Increases

Jun 2, 2017

A former legislator has filed a lawsuit in Cook County seeking to recover money he lost when state lawmakers voted to reject annual cost-of-living pay adjustments. Michael Noland, a Democratic former state senator from Elgin, filed the lawsuit. He says the state constitution prohibits midterm salary changes. 

He's seeking pay for himself and others after lawmakers approved legislation from 2009 to 2016 to forgo cost-of-living increases lawmakers would have automatically received.  The lawsuit doesn't specify an overall amount.

The lawsuit names Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who declined comment.

Noland was a state lawmaker from 2007 until this year. Last year he made an unsuccessful primary bid for Congress.

Noland has said his family faces many financial obligations and he struggled when lawmakers went without paychecks for two months during a 2013 budget fight.