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Rauner cancels lawmaker raises as state employees prepare to miss pay

Jul 01, 2015

 Illinois lawmaker pay raises, per diem and mileage increase cut in amendatory veto

The last time an Illinois governor interfered with pay for members of the General Assembly, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued and won.

That was in the summer of 2013, when then-Gov. Pat Quinn suspended all pay for lawmakers until they delivered him a pension reform bill to sign. Quinn lost in court when the judge ruled, to no one’s surprise, that Illinois law requires any changes to lawmakers’ pay to be executed by statute. The law is good one and is designed to…

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