Cullerton calls lawmaker pay cut 'grandstanding'

CHICAGO – Senate President John Cullerton says Gov. Pat Quinn was "political grandstanding" when he cut legislator pay. Cullerton says Quinn's move undermines the work of a committee trying to solve the pension crisis.

Cullerton released a statement Wednesday saying "responsible leaders know that unworkable demands will only delay progress."

The Chicago Democrat says the bipartisan legislative panel will keep working to reach a compromise on Illinois' $97 billion pension problem.

Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from a budget bill. It was the "consequence" Quinn warned was coming after the Legislature missed a Tuesday deadline he set for a pension deal.

Quinn says he's tried everything to get lawmakers to address the pension problem and that the only way to get their attention is to hit them in the wallets.