Outrage Over Lawmaker Paychecks

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Decatur – Outrage among taxpayers is growing after a judge ruled state lawmakers must be paid even though there has not been a state budget in nearly two years.

Downtown Decatur shoppers tell WAND News they are angry that lawmakers are getting paid even though payments to vendors are being delayed for many months.  The backlog of state bills now totals more than $12 billion.

State Senator Dan McConchie, (R) Lake Zurich, immediately filed legislation that would allow the state comptroller to put those lawmaker paychecks back in line with other outstanding vendor bills.

Cook County Circuit Judge Rodolfo Garcia ruled in favor of Illinois legislators on Thursday, citing a 2014 law passed after then-Gov. Pat Quinn withheld paychecks over pension reform.

Mendoza said she planned to comply with the order. She also said she would ask her lawyers to appeal the judge's ruling.

A group of Democratic lawmakers last year filed a lawsuit against then-state Comptroller Leslie Munger. They argued she and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner were holding up legislators' paychecks for political leverage.

Legislators' June paycheck weren't issued until January. Several have been vocal about their disdain over not getting paid in a timely manner amid the state's budget impasse.

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