IL Governor Suspends Pay for Legislators Over Pension


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(KTVI) - Senators and State Representatives in Illinois won't be getting paid. That's because Governor Pat Quinn suspended pay to state legislators after he says they failed to pass comprehensive pension reform.

On Wednesday, Gov. Quinn said he will also not accept a salary until the General Assembly sends a pension solution. "This is an emergency, the taxpayers of Illinois are waiting and there is no excuse for further legislative delay,” Governor Quinn said.

Lawmakers have been in a stalemate over pension reform for two years.

The move comes just a day after the state legislature overrode the governor's rewrite of a conceal and carry bill.

Legislators make nearly 68,000 a year plus stipends and premiums on top of their base pay.

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