Peoria Public Radio Staff
Fri September 27, 2013
Judge ruling: state lawmakers should get paid
Governor Quinn has said lawmakers shouldn’t get paid until they agree on a plan to cut pension benefits for state employees.
So he took the money for their salaries out of the state budget, which prompted a lawsuit.
In making his ruling - Cook County Judge Neil Cohen said he was relying on precedent.
When Rod Blagojevich was governor - he tried to cut judges’ salaries, which was found to be unconstitutional.
Cohen said he was using that case to rule against Quinn.
Quinn’s lawyers pushed back - asking that lawmakers not get paid while he appeals the decision.
Cohen called that “cynical” - saying not getting paid would create more hardship for the legislators.
Meantime - there’s still no clear agreement among lawmakers on how the state’s 100 billion dollar pension debt will be paid off.