Governor Quinn Stands to Collect $74K in Back Salary

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

SPRINGFIELD(AP) -- Governor Pat Quinn is set to get about $74,000 in back pay now that Illinois lawmakers have finally approved a pension deal.

The governor used his line-item veto power this summer when he halted legislators' salaries, saying they shouldn't get paid until they addressed the nearly $100 billion pensions crisis. He also stopped accepting his own paychecks. However, a judge disagreed and the comptroller began issuing checks to lawmakers.

But Quinn still didn't accept his own salary.

Lawmakers approved the pension reform plan this week and sent the measure to Quinn Wednesday. The deal could save the state $160 billion over three decades.

A Springfield newspaper reports Quinn's uncollected paychecks haven't been requested from the comptroller's office.

Quinn earns $177,400 a year.

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