State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, wants her paycheck.
Illinois lawmakers can expect their first paychecks in several months sometime this week as the state catches up on its backlog of bills.
Just before the General Assembly passed a stopgap budget June 30,Lightford complained from the Senate floor about not getting paid for the past couple of months.
“I think it’s wrong for our income to be held for months and months and months, which is another game that is being played,” Lightford said.
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Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger announced in April she would put lawmakers' and constitutional officers' pay in with the state's other backlogged bills. Lightford said paychecks should be handled differently.
“I’m hoping the comptroller would decide and recognize that we’re not vendors, that we’re actually employees of this body and we deserve to be paid,” Lightford said.
The comptroller's office said the backlog is still nearly 50 business days behind, and the office is reviewing how to manage the stopgap budget to pay vendors who have also waited for months.
The state closed the fiscal year with a backlog of bills totaling more than $7.7 billion.