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Posted: 7/25/2013 1:26:20 PM EST
CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she has no choice but to withhold lawmakers' paychecks, citing a precedent-setting court case that bars her from paying state employees without a budget appropriation or court order.

Gov. Pat Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from a budget bill earlier this month, saying it wouldn't be restored until lawmakers addressed the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. He also suspended his own pay.

"It is my deep hope that this matter is resolved expeditiously," either by a court or by lawmakers agreeing on a solution to the pension crisis, said Topinka, who undertook a legal review to determine if Quinn's actions were constitutional. The Riverside Republican said Thursday that Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office advised her of the case that appears to bar her from acting

She called Quinn's actions a "serious precedent that is being created," and said the stalemate was "no way to run government."

http://news.yahoo.com/comptroller-says-she-cant-pay-185121072.html

its nice to see a state at least attempting to make its lawmakers do their damn jobs.
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:30:10 PM EST
So they'll have to make do with just the graft, then?
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:31:28 PM EST
97 Billion???? that a lot of FSA checks
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:32:11 PM EST
IL House Speaker Madigan makes a large portion of his money from controlling one of the bigger law firms in Chicago that handles property tax appeals, with the strong "nudge nudge wink wink" that his firm is the one to go to if you actually want something to happen. I'm sure that most of the Chicago area members of the Marx party make enough money through cronyism that their General Assembly paycheck isn't a priority, and that this is only hurting the "honest" downstate reps.

Also worth noting is the fact that Quinn tried to look like he has a pair by squeezing the legislature, but hasn't actually put forth a pension idea of his own. That's mainly because he's not capable of forming ideas.
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:32:27 PM EST
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Originally Posted By hourglassing:
So they'll have to make do with just the graft, then?
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Lol.
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:33:29 PM EST
Hahahaha!
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:34:51 PM EST
They shouldn't put up with that!!!
They need to immediatly go on strike and not pass any new laws!

Now if we could just get the US senate to walk out in sympathy....
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:37:10 PM EST
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Originally Posted By mr_camera_man:
IL House Speaker Madigan makes a large portion of his money from controlling one of the bigger law firms in Chicago that handles property tax appeals, with the strong "nudge nudge wink wink" that his firm is the one to go to if you actually want something to happen. I'm sure that most of the Chicago area members of the Marx party make enough money through cronyism that their General Assembly paycheck isn't a priority, and that this is only hurting the "honest" downstate reps.
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Sounds about par for the course

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Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:38:33 PM EST
Crap ! Hope the FSA'ers don't move here to Cali.

We are screwed now but that will break the camels back and all the camels left in the herd......
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 2:01:57 PM EST
“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”
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