Quinn says he'll appeal on salaries lawsuit

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Associated Press

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 6:33 AM

 CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he disagrees with a Cook County judge who ruled the Chicago Democrat must reinstate lawmakers’ pay.

Quinn says he’ll appeal and will seek a stay that would prevent any paychecks from being issued until the case is considered by a higher court. However, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she has instructed her staff to pay legislators.

Quinn halted legislators’ pay during the summer for failure to reform Illinois’ pension system.

Quinn’s office said the stay was filed Thursday and the judge could take up the issue Friday morning.

Judge Neil Cohen ruled Thursday that Quinn’s action is unconstitutional and that Topinka must pay lawmakers immediately.

Cohen says the state Constitution makes it clear lawmakers’ pay can’t be changed while they’re serving their terms.

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