A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn:
Skillicorn satisfied with court ruling against law maker pay
“We legislators were assigned to pass a constitutionally balanced budget. It is inappropriate to pay legislators until a balanced budget is passed,” said Rep. Skillicorn,
“No budget, no pay!
“I stand with the people and social services providers over Speaker Madigan.
“We need a budget before politicians should be paid!”
Last spring, Leslie Munger, former Illinois Comptroller opted to place legislators’ paychecks at the back of the line with the other overdue bills, as the state struggled to meet its obligations due to the ongoing budget impasse.
In December, a lawsuit was filed by six legislators, all Democrats, arguing for their legislative pay to be prioritized ahead of the schools, hospitals, and human services organizations that are also waiting for payments from the state.
On Thursday, the Cook County Circuit Court ruled against the six legislators, citing they control their own destiny and can pass a budget.