Quinn Drops Appeal of Lawsuit Over Lawmaker Pay

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has dropped his appeal of a court ruling over lawmaker salaries after the Legislature approved a plan to address Illinois' $100 billion pension shortfall.

Brooke Anderson is a Quinn spokeswoman. She says the Chicago Democrat dropped the case Friday -- about a week after lawmakers sent him a plan that supporters say will save $160 billion. Quinn also has accepted more than $70,000 in back pay.

Quinn used his line-item veto in July to cut money for legislators' salaries because they had not yet addressed Illinois' worst-in-the-nation unfunded pension liability.

He also stopped taking his own paycheck.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying Quinn's actions were unconstitutional. In September a Cook County judge agreed.

Quinn then appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court.


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