Peoria Public Radio Staff
Mon December 16, 2013
Gov. Quinn has dropped lawsuit against legislative leders
In an attempt to force legislators to pass a pension overhaul, Gov. 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.