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CHICAGO (AP) -- A Cook County Circuit Court judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit over Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to halt lawmakers' pay.
Quinn used his line-item veto to cut money for legislators' salaries from the state budget because they hadn't fixed Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying Quinn's actions were unconstitutional and violated the state's separation of powers. They asked a judge to order paychecks be issued.
Quinn says if lawmakers want to be paid, they can vote to override his veto -- a move he acknowledges could be unpopular with voters.
Judge Neil Cohen postponed Wednesday morning's oral arguments to the afternoon.
Lawmakers earn a base annual salary of $67,836. They've missed two monthly paychecks so far.