Legislators Going to Get Back Pay Resulting from Not Being Allowed to Take COLAs?

James Clayborn

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:

Micael Nolan

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.


Legislators Going to Get Back Pay Resulting from Not Being Allowed to Take COLAs? — 5 Comments

  1. Geez, aren’t their GARS pensions lucrative enough?

    Clayborne retires from the Senate right after turning 55 with 24 years of GARS payouts.

    Noland leaves the Senate after 10 years when he tried to win a seat in Congress in the 8th district, but loses in the primary.

    He comes back the following year and wins a circuit court judgeship in the 16th circuit, and can draw from GARS in addition to being a judge.

    And now they will get more from GARS.

  2. A moving truck for disgusted losers, please. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

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