Quinn Files Appeal Over Lawmaker Pay



In Chicago, Gov. Pat Quinn has officially filed his appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court of a ruling that his veto of money for lawmaker salaries was unconstitutional.
 
Attorneys for Quinn say the case deserves an "expeditious and conclusive" ruling by the state's highest court in their filing yesterday.
 
Quinn vetoed money for paychecks in July because he was angry legislators hadn't addressed Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
 
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying his action was unconstitutional.
 
Last week, a Cook County judge agreed and ordered the state to immediately pay lawmakers.
 
Quinn argues he had the authority to slash the money from the budget. He also says he's not collecting a check until the Legislature approves a pension fix.
 
He also says lawmakers could have overridden his veto, but decided not too.

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

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