Illinois lawmakers will have to wait at least one more week to find out if they’ll be getting paid any time soon. A Cook County Circuit judge heard oral arguments yesterday in the case against Governor Pat Quinn, who slashed money from the budget to pay lawmakers. They haven’t been paid since July 1st. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton filed suit, claiming the move was unconstitutional.
The judge says he’ll make a ruling in the case by next Thursday. Lawmakers have missed two paychecks. Each makes about $67,000 per year, plus extra funds for holding leadership positions. Quinn has said if they want their pay, lawmakers should override his veto.