A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff:
Althoff reacts to Governor’s suspension of legislators’ pay
MCHENRY, IL – State Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) called Governor Quinn’s July 10th action to suspend the General Assembly’s salaries “the height of gamesmanship.”
“Governor Quinn’s decision to suspend the legislature’s pay is reminiscent of former Governor Blagojevich,” Althoff said. ”
It’s also an insult to his Democrat colleagues and the other members of the General Assembly who have been working on this very emotional and complex issue for years.
“Perhaps most of all, the action is poor policy.
“Does this mean that every time the Governor and the General Assembly disagree, he will suspend pay?
“Constitutionally, that is not how the process works.”
Althoff also said that if Quinn was truly interested in solving the pension crisis, then he would have attended Monday’s Conference Committee meeting, which he was again invited to attend along with all other lawmakers who were in Springfield, with a pension reform plan of his own.
“The Governor’s action today is just another example of a lack of leadership,” she said.
Althoff remains committed to working with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass a comprehensive pension reform.
She is one of the original chief co-sponsors of Senate Bill 2404, which is supported by the “We Are One” coalition, and is dedicated to finding a responsible and reasonable long-term solution to the pension problem.