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.
Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a judge to toss the corruption case against him, arguing that authorities misinterpreted the law and overreached. Lawyers for the Illinois Republican filed the motion to dismiss the case in a Springfield federal court. Among their other arguments is that the indictment trespasses on land the Constitution reserves for Congress.
For the second time, a court has deemed unconstitutional a citizen's initiative to limit how long Illinois lawmakers can serve. First, it was a Cook County Circuit Court judge. Now, the decision is from a state appellate court.