Simon: Time to move on from lawmaker pay fight

Simon: Time to move on from lawmaker pay fight

Illinois' lieutenant governor said she's not sure that the fight over lawmakers' pay has yielded any progress in the pension debate.

Democrat Sheila Simon made the comments Thursday on the WDWS Morning Show. In that interview, Simon didn't outright say whether she disagreed with Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to suspend lawmakers' pay.  But she called the pay debate a distraction and said it's time to move on.

Simon is running for Illinois comptroller and hinted Thursday that current Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka may have been too quick to cut checks to lawmakers after a judge ruled that Quinn's move was unconstitutional.

Elsewhere, Simon said there are good reasons that the state comptroller and treasurer offices should be separate.  But she said there are opportunities for those groups to collaborate.

Simon said combining the offices isn't a bad idea if it's done the right way.  But she said she hasn't seen much traction recently to do that.

You can hear the full interview with Simon here.

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