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Government

Michael Madigan: I hope Quinn's paycheck strategy works

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he understands Gov. Pat Quinn's frustration in cutting lawmakers salaries for lack of action on pension reform.

The powerful Chicago Democrat released a statement Wednesday saying he is "hopeful" Quinn's strategy works.

The governor cut $13.8 million from a budget bill that covers legislators' paychecks. This was the "consequence" Quinn warned of if the Legislature didn't meet Tuesday's deadline to solve the nearly $100 billion debt in the state's public-employee pension program.

Madigan says he warned his House Democrats during the spring session that "doing nothing or passing only a half-measure" was not an answer. He and Senate President John Cullerton passed separate pension plans out of their chambers which didn't get approval from the opposite house.

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