A political science expert questions if the governor’s veto of the budget to pay lawmakers is legal. The Illinois Constitution says legislative salaries shall not be diminished during a term. University of Illinois Springfield political science professor emeritus Kent Redfield says lawmakers could take action should the veto stand for the rest of the term.
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“Legislators would be able to sue the governor and the court would ultimately require the comptroller to write checks,” says Redfield. “You can’t not pay the legislature. “ The state comptroller wants a legal review of the governor’s move, and hopes it’s completed before August, when lawmakers are scheduled to get paid again.