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Quinn Drops His Appeal and Collects His Salary
Quinn Drops His Appeal and Collects His Salary

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 governor 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 Mike 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.