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.