CHICAGO (AP) - Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she has no choice but to withhold paychecks from Illinois lawmakers.
Topinka spoke Thursday in Chicago after her office reviewed Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to cut state legislator's paychecks from a budget bill earlier this month. He called it the consequence for lawmakers' failure to address the state's $97 billion pension shortfall.
Topinka says she talked with the Illinois attorney general's office and they advised her that comptrollers can't pay state employees without an appropriation.
Topinka says she hopes the matter will be resolved "expeditiously." She says the courts likely will have the ultimate say, unless lawmakers quickly adopt pension reform.
Topinka says in her opinion government shouldn't be run through threats and blackmail.
Lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks on Aug. 1.
SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she's looking into whether Gov. Pat Quinn can legally cut lawmakers' pay.
Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from a budget bill Wednesday. He says it's the consequence for lawmakers failing to address the state's $97 billion pension shortfall.
Topinka says questions have been raised about whether Quinn's actions are constitutional.
A provision of the Illinois Constitution says changes in lawmaker salary should not take effect during the term in which they were elected.
Topinka says she has requested a legal review. It should be complete before Aug. 1, when lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks.
Quinn says a prior court ruling gives him the authority. He also says he's not changing their salary, just withholding the money to pay it.