A couple of former legislators filed suit against the State Comptoller arguing that re-election driven legislation preventing Cost-of-Living increases were unconstitutional.
The law providing such increases dates to 1990.
Here is the section of the State Constitution upon which their case rests:
A member shall receive a salary and allowances as provided by law, but changesin the salary of a member shall not take effect during the term for which he has been elected.
The suit also attacks unpaid days taken to enhance chances of re-election.
Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama sided with former State Sentors Michael Nolan of Elgin and James Clayborne from St. Clair County.
Both are Democrats.
You can read the opinion here.
This year House Speaker Mike Madigan refused to allow a vote on whether legislative salaries shold be frozen.