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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Not pay the police.  Really?  I guess they didn't meet their quotas.  Not enough tough bulling law enforcers.

I know this has nothing to do with the incredibly high arrest quotas being set for officers. but really, requiring them to meet quotas set so high they have to arrest people doing nothing wrong and then make up charges and make them stick to earn their pay.  I guess its one way to disarm americans.  Anyone with an arrest record can be barred from getting a gun permit.  So, innocent people arrested and charged for minor violations, soldiers coming home from war and being arrested and incarcerated in mental facilities and all for gun control.  We can't have someone who actually knows how to handle a gun allowed to own one.  Now we see Obamas reining glory coming to fruition.  So far he has been spot on wrong.  Detroit was not saved.  The economy is not improving unless you fudge the numbers and tell only half truths.  Racial violence is only active when you spend taxpayers money to keep it stirred up.  Zimmerman is the whip and poor little Trayvon who was on drugs and paranoid and was the son Obama would have had or himself in his drug using earlier years, must be re-prosecuted for a crime for which he was judged not guilty.  But Obama never sees the law.  Its only a means to an end to protect himself and to beat others who disagree with him.

Sorry Illinois this is all part of the plan.   I guess the police will have to apply for food stamps and welfare.

well I guarantee you a couple of months without pay and these state Employees will come up with a way to balance a budget,,,,we have to stop this somewhere,,,,maybe other states will follow suit,,,and then force the federal government to do like wise,,,,,we can't continue to live under this spendthrift administration,,,it has to stop before it hits bottom

This would bring a quick end to entitlement issues.  Politicians are the least entitled.  Listen up Detroit, California, etc.  

Like Detroit he problem is the excessive Pension costs. Many States are in trouble because of these Union employees pensions that have been authorized by many previous administrations. They need to get rid of the unions and employees go on Social Security. Why are we paying for these people to get such great retirements while we get a pittance and can't put more aside because we have to pay for theirs. It need to end. They work for us. 

 "no way to run government." know the type of
government that runs Washington whereby you simply write bad checks and make
promises to pensioners where there is no way in %$** you can meet the


at one time State and federal Goverment civil servants where only payed for time spent in house and that was only a couple times a year and they didn't get retirment pacages or benifets,we need to go back to that system. we would have less problems .

Good for Pat Quinn.

Perfect we should expand this to our federal government

 Watch how fast they get in line for a bailout. 

I Think This is Hilarious,,,,Does This mean Rahm Emanuel,,,and dick durbin wont get paid?????I guess that's one way to get your attention and make you do your job,,,,cut everyones pay until they address the budget,,,,,These people have ignored their state into the situation it is currently in,,,,Right Now I don't really know if this is good or bad,,,but you have to admit its freaking hilarious,,,with holding their pay until they address the problems,,,,,,is priceless




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GOP Activist Investigating Hillary Clinton’s Lost Emails
Found Dead — Apparent Suicide By Black Plastic Bag Republican activist Peter Smith was found dead in his hotel room in May 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota.

The hotel staff found Smith with a black plastic bag on his head. He was trying to obtain Hillary Clinton’s lost emails.

UPDATE: Mueller and Congressional investigators have interviewed Smith’s acquaintances several times. Our sources say there is much more to this story.

The Wall Street Journal reported:

Peter W. Smith, a Republican political activist and financier from Chicago who mounted an effort to obtain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, died on May 14 after asphyxiating himself in a hotel room in Rochester, Minn., according to local authorities. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Smith’s body was found by a hotel clerk in the Aspen Suites hotel, located across the street from the Mayo Clinic, according to a Rochester Police Department report. An associate of Mr. Smith said that he had recently visited the clinic. A representative for the facility wouldn’t confirm if Mr. Smith was a patient.

Mr. Smith died about 10 days after an interview with The Wall Street Journal in which he recounted his attempts to acquire what he believed were thousands of emails stolen from Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. He implied that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then serving as the senior national security adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, was aware of his efforts…

…The police report said Mr. Smith was found by a hotel clerk with a plastic bag around his head attached tightly with black rubber bands. Mr. Smith “left documentation on why he committed suicide, medical records, his written obituary, and life insurance” on a table in his room, the report said.


Massachusetts Man Arrested After Trying To Hire
A Hit Man On Twitter To Kill ICE Agents For $500

A 33-year-old lefty from Cambridge, Massachusetts named Brandon Ziobrowski was arrested Thursday after offering anyone on Twitter $500 to kill ICE agents.

Ziobrowski also expressed his desire to slit John McCain’s throat in several tweets.

FOX News reported:

A Massachusetts man was arrested in New York on Thursday after trying to hire a hit man on Twitter to kill ICE agents for $500 and sharing his desire to slit the throat of Sen. John McCain, federal officials said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said that Brandon Ziobrowski, 33, from Cambridge, Mass. was charged with one count of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat and injure another person for the alleged Twitter posts this year.

Federal officials said Ziobrowski tweeted a murder for hire solicitation to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for $500, and repeatedly tweeted his desire to slit the throat of McCain, R-Ariz.

“The agents and officers out there enforcing federal laws are doing their job, plain and simple,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference. “There is a difference between public debate and putting others in fear of their lives.”

Federal officials said Ziobrowski in March started tweeting threatening messages against federal agents that work for ICE.

On July 2, the 33-year-old allegedly tweeted: “I am broke but will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills ICE agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get in on this lets make this work.”

The Justice Department released a statement on the arrest of Ziobrowski:

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