State Government

Quinn says he'll appeal on salaries lawsuit

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he disagrees with a Cook County judge who's ruled the Chicago Democrat has to reinstate lawmakers' pay.

Quinn says he intends to appeal and will seek a stay that would prevent any paychecks from being issued until the case is considered by a higher court. Quinn halted legislators' pay during the summer for failure to reform Illinois' pension system.

Judge Neil Cohen ruled Thursday that Quinn's action is unconstitutional and he must order Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to pay lawmakers immediately.

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 that Illinois' unfunded pension system is costing taxpayers.

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