The Illinois Senate has approved a cut in lawmakers’ pay, which makes this the fourth year in a row the General Assembly has moved to cut pay or forgo raises. The proposal by State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge, pictured) keeps reimbursements and allowances the same, but mandates 12 furlough days for all legislators – equivalent to a 5 percent pay cut.
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Kotowski says the savings add up to about $1 million, but it could be more if others do their part. “We encourage people whose salaries have been frozen who haven’t reduced their salaries to take furlough days and cut their salaries like we have,” he says. “People across our state have had to do more with less, and we need to acknowledge that we need to do our part.” Constitutional officers and commission chairmen would have their salaries frozen under this proposal, but wouldn’t be required to take furlough days. The measure, H.B. 3188, passed the Senate and is on its way to the House.