The state’s legal minds and political watchers are paying attention to the lawsuit the House speaker and Senate president filed against the governor over his veto of the money for lawmakers’ paychecks. John Marshall Law School professor Ann Lousin says it’s an interesting argument.
“They’re claiming that the right to have a salary is an individual legislator’s right,” says Lousin, “and that since the Illinois Constitution says that a legislator’s salary cannot be reduced during the term of office, that the line-item veto that Gov. Quinn used is absolutely invalid.”
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Lousin says she expects a judge would say the suit is premature, that the lawmakers already have a remedy available: the ability to override the governor’s veto.