Mostly Cloudy
24°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

Comptroller says she'll begin issuing paychecks

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 4:13 p.m. CST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she's instructed her staff to begin re-issuing legislators' paychecks after a judge ruled that Gov. Pat Quinn doesn't have the constitutional authority to withhold them.

In a statement Thursday, Topinka says that she'll comply immediately to make sure state lawmakers get paid. They've missed two paychecks were due to miss a third next week. Quinn halted them over inaction on the pension crisis.

Judge Neil Cohen ruled Thursday that Quinn's action is unconstitutional. Cohen says the state Constitution makes it clear lawmakers' pay can't be changed while serving they're serving their terms.

However, in a statement Quinn says the lawsuit is about more than a governor's constitutional authority. He says he'll appeal and seek a stay until a higher court makes a decision.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reader Poll

What are you most thankful for?
Employment
Family
Friends
Health
Other