Comptroller says she can't pay Illinois lawmakers

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said Thursday that she has no choice but to withhold lawmakers' paychecks, citing a precedent-setting court case that bars her from paying state employees without a budget appropriation or court order.

Gov. Pat Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks from a budget bill earlier this month, saying it wouldn't be restored until lawmakers addressed the state's $97 billion pension shortfall. He also suspended his own pay.

"It is my deep hope that this matter is resolved expeditiously," either by a court or by lawmakers agreeing on a solution to the pension crisis, said Topinka, who undertook a legal review to determine if Quinn's actions were constitutional. The Riverside Republican said Thursday that Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office advised her of the case that appears to bar her from acting

She called Quinn's actions a "serious precedent that is being created," and said the stalemate was "no way to run government."

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Well, good. Maybe they will all go back under their rocks which they slithered out from.

Excellent!   Now, if we could just do that in other in-debt states and at the Federal level we might actually make some FORWARD progress-for-REAL instead of backward 'so-called-progress' by the 'self-labeled-progressives'.  

Again Ms.Olson, I will say thank you, great observation, can't you just hear the federal employees screaming now.

Too good to be true, Illinois of ALL places, no less...
They will double down of stupid and bribe taking . Only one guy
In Springfield that appears worth a thing

Shut'em down. Gotta love it.

   Not to worry , we will ALL pick up the tab via Obam-ass and his communist cabal .

Now if We, the People, can shut down our bloated, wasteful, irresponsible and worthless Federal government, this once great nation might have a chance to survive, let alone revive!

Is Illinois starting to circle Detroit's drain?

Illinois has been there to stupid to know it

Can we demand this for Washington D.C.  There is talk of shutting down the government which I have no problem with, they can hang a sign that states, "Closed for Repairs"....

The problem with shutting down D.C. is that all Federal Funds and payments to Disabled Veterans, and the Armed Forces would not get paid either then.....  duh.

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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted Saturday there is a “real” Second Amendment and an “imaginary” one and he believes the real one is “not absolute.”

Murphy, “I support the real 2nd Amendment, not the imaginary 2nd Amendment. And the real 2nd Amendment isn’t absolute.”

The statement was a precursor to his call for banning “assault rifles” in the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting, even though “assault rifles” were not used in the attack.

Murphy said the “real 2nd Amendment…allows Congress to wake up to reality and ban these assault rifles that are designed for one purpose only – to kill as many people as fast as possible.”

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said the Santa Fe High School attackers used a .38 revolver and a shotgun to carry out his heinous acts. Therefore, a ban on “assault rifles” would have done nothing to prevent the attack from occurring or the tragic loss of life from taking place.

It should be noted that Saturday was not the first time Sen. Murphy called the essence of the Second Amendment into question. On August 6, 2013, Breitbart News reported that Murphy told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that “The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not a God-given right. It has always had conditions upon it like the First Amendment has.”

Murphy did not grapple with the words, “Shall not be infringed.”

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