The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

August 15, 2013

Want a paycheck? Better get in line

Add Illinois legislators to the list of people owed money by the state. The public’s primary reaction should be this: Get in line.

Schools, social service agencies, vendors and thousands of others are owed money because of the state’s lack of fiscal responsibility. It’s only fitting that those most responsible for our financial crisis are inconvenienced right where taxpayers are being most inconvenienced — in their wallets.

House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton are suing Gov. Pat Quinn over Quinn’s decision to cut $13.8 million in legislative pay from the state budget, effectively eliminating legislators’ pay. Quinn also voluntarily gave up his $177,412 salary.

Quinn’s move came after legislators failed to meet another one of Quinn’s deadlines to resolve the state’s pension crisis.

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