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Court denies Quinn bid to keep pay freeze

Published: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at a news conference Friday in Chicago after Cook County Judge Neil Cohen refused Quinnís request to stop legislators from being paid while he appeals a court ruling that determined it was unconstitutional of him to freeze the money in an attempt to get lawmakers to solve Illinoisí pension crisis.

CHICAGO – A state appellate court has denied Gov. Pat Quinn’s request to withhold lawmakers’ pay while he appeals a ruling that his veto of legislative salaries was unconstitutional.

Quinn vetoed $13.1 million for lawmaker pay in July as a consequence of the Legislature not addressing Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension shortfall.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying the veto was unconstitutional.

Cook County Judge Neil Cohen agreed Thursday. He ordered the state to immediately issue the two monthly paychecks lawmakers had missed.

Earlier Friday, Cohen also refused Quinn’s request to stop lawmakers from being paid while he appeals. Quinn then asked the appellate court to halt the payments.

The court denied the motion late Friday in a one-sentence order.

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