Local attorney says ruling on lawmaker pay not surprising

Local attorney says ruling on lawmaker pay not surprising

A local legal expert said what Governor Pat Quinn did by cutting lawmakers' pay defied constitutional common sense.

That's the word from Urbana attorney and Director of Trial Advocacy at the University of Illinois Steve Beckett.

A Cook County judge on Friday denied Quinn's request to stop paychecks from being issued to lawmakers while Quinn appeals the judge's ruling from Thursday that orders the state Comptroller to pay the legislators.

Beckett said he expected the judge to restore lawmakers' pay.

Beckett added that you can't blame the Governor for trying to cut lawmakers' pay, but it was the wrong decision.

Beckett made the comments Friday on the WDWS Morning Show.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on September 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

The legislators were protected by the State of Illinois Constitution.   The same constitution protects retired state, and university employees.  Will the State of Illinois Constitution be adhered to with the current version of "pensions reform" unconstitutionaly denying retirees earned pensions?   Does "shall not be diminished" apply to the politicians only?