Gov. Pat Quinn won't change decision regarding lawmakers' pay

6:15 PM, Jul 15, 2013   |    comments
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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KSDK) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he's not wavering in his decision to suspend salaries for lawmakers.

Members of the state's General Assembly won't receive paychecks until they pass a pension reform plan. The governor made the announcement last week.

Right now, the pension system is nearly $100 billion in the hole, making it the most under-funded pension in the country.

At an unrelated news conference Monday, the governor spoke about his decision to suspend lawmakers' pay.

"That's I think the principle we're trying to follow, it's a principle as old as the bible. You gotta get the job finished before you get your paycheck. And that's where we're coming from," he said.

Gov. Quinn also suspended his own salary until a pension reform plan is passed.

NewsChannel 5 spoke to some Republican lawmakers about the governor's decision. They say the move is a sign of the governor's lack of leadership.


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