State Supreme Court To Hear Lawmaker Pay Lawsuit



The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear Gov. Pat Quinn's appeal of a ruling that his veto of money for lawmaker pay was unconstitutional.
 
The court issued its one-page order Wednesday without additional comment. A hearing date has not been set.
 
Quinn vetoed money for lawmakers' salaries in July because he said they didn't deserve to get paid until they address Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
 
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying their fellow Chicago Democrat didn't have the authority to halt lawmaker paychecks.
 
Earlier this month a Cook County judge agreed and ordered that legislators be paid immediately.
Quinn then appealed directly to the state's high court, saying the case deserves an "expeditious and conclusive" ruling.
 
(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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