Madigan, Cullerton Seek Court Action on Pay

CHICAGO (AP) -- Attorneys for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton will be in Cook County Circuit Court seeking to force Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue legislators' pay checks.

Last month, Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks in the state budget. He had threatened consequences if lawmakers failed to act on addressing the pension problem. When a bipartisan pension failed to meet a deadline, Quinn cut their salaries.

The lawsuit asks the court to decide if Quinn's line-item veto really did fully eliminate lawmakers' salaries. If not, the leaders argue, Topinka should be required to pay those salaries. If the court upholds Quinn's amendatory veto, the lawsuit wants the court to declare Quinn's action unconstitutional.

Quinn defends his move as constitutional.

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