Illinois Gov. Quinn: Case over lawmaker pay could be ‘landmark’

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 6 at 5:33 PM

CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn says a lawsuit over his decision to suspend lawmaker pay for failing to act on the state pension crisis will be a “landmark” case.

Quinn attended a court hearing Tuesday involving a lawsuit filed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to force Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks.

A Cook County Circuit Court judge set oral arguments for Sept. 18.

Last month, Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators’ pay from the state budget after threatening consequences if they didn’t act on pensions.

The lawsuit asks the court to decide if Quinn’s line-item veto fully eliminated lawmakers’ salaries. If the court upholds Quinn’s amendatory veto, plaintiffs want the court to declare Quinn’s action unconstitutional.

Quinn says his move is constitutional.

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