State lawmakers will be paid while Gov. Pat Quinn takes his case for vetoing their salaries to a higher court. A day after ruling that Quinn’s pay veto was unconstitutional, a judge denied Quinn’s request to continue withholding pay from members of the General Assembly while he appeals. Quinn was angry about the decision, and disagrees with the judge’s portrayal of the move as being used for “political advantage”.
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“I think anyone who’s followed my life, public life – I don’t do that,” Quinn said. “I think it’s very important under the Constitution that the governor’s ability to act in this area is protected. That’s why we’re appealing.” Quinn also dismisses the argument that the cost of the appeal will outweigh the potential benefits. “Every day the taxpayers of Illinois pay $5 million more in liability on the pension. That dwarfs any other cost,” Quinn said. Quinn says despite the ruling, he’ll continue to refuse his own paycheck until a pension reform bill is passed.