State Lawmakers Take Pay Cut

SPRINGFIELD (WIFR) -- As Illinois lawmakers try to find a solution to the pension crisis they'll feel the pinch in their own pocket books. They're taking a pay cut.

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Saturday requiring every member of the general assembly to take one unpaid furlough day each month in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. Lawmakers and state officials also won't get a cost of living increase. The law passed through both houses with broad bipartisan support. Our lawmakers earn a base salary of $67,800 a year.

This move comes as lawmakers work to find a solution to the pension crisis, which has led to Illinois receiving the worst credit rating in the country.

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