BC-IL--Lawmaker Salaries-Lawsuit

Ill. Supreme Court to hear lawsuit on lawmaker pay

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear Gov. Pat Quinn's appeal of a ruling that his veto of money for lawmaker pay was unconstitutional.

The court issued its one-page order Wednesday without additional comment. A hearing date has not been set.

Quinn vetoed money for lawmakers' salaries in July because he said they didn't deserve to get paid until they address Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying their fellow Chicago Democrat didn't have the authority to halt lawmaker paychecks.

Earlier this month a Cook County judge agreed and ordered that legislators be paid immediately.

Quinn then appealed directly to the state's high court, saying the case deserves an "expeditious and conclusive" ruling.