Some are wondering whether Quinn’s move to suspend lawmakers’ pay is legal. But Quinn has no doubt that he made the right move, and he’s not going back on his plan.
“We need fundamental overall on the area of pension reform and until the bill gets on my desk that’s comprehensive when it comes to pension reform there will be no pay for the legislature and I’ve voluntarily take no pay for myself. We need to get the job done.”
Quinn announced Wednesday that he was suspending the lawmakers’ pay, just one day after they missed a July 9th deadline to put a pension reform bill on his desk. Lawmakers are scheduled to get their next check on August 1st, and it’s still not clear whether they’ll get that check. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has ordered a legal review to determine if Quinn actually has the power to withhold their money.