Lawsuit Decision Coming Soon



A Circuit Court judge in Cook County says he will rule next week on a lawsuit over Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to halt lawmakers' pay.
 
Oral arguments were heard Wednesday, and the judge says he'll issue his decision by Sept. 26.
Quinn used his line-item veto to cut money for legislators' salaries from the state budget because they hadn't fixed Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
 
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying Quinn's actions were unconstitutional. They asked the judge to order Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks.
 
Quinn says if lawmakers want to be paid they can vote to override his veto.
 
Lawmakers — who earn a base annual salary of $67,836 — have missed two monthly paychecks so far.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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