A political science expert questions if the governorâ€™s withholding of lawmakersâ€™ pay is legal.
The Illinois Constitution says legislative salaries shall not be diminished during a term. University of Illinois Springfield political science professor emeritus Kent Redfield says lawmakers could take action should the veto stand for the rest of the term.
â€śLegislators would be able to sue the governor and the court would ultimately require the comptroller to write checks,â€ť says Redfield. â€śYou canâ€™t not pay the legislature. â€ś
The stateâ€™s comptroller wants a legal review of the governorâ€™s move, and hopes itâ€™s completed before August â€“ when lawmakers are scheduled to get paid again.