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."
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."......you 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
SO.... WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
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
THEY HAVE DONE NOTHING TO EARN EVEN A DOLLAR LET ALONE THEIR BLOATED PAYCHECKS FOR RUNNING THE STATE INTO THE DUMPER. GEE, ISN'T THAT THE HOME STATE OF OBAMA ? I SMELL A BAILOUT COMING. SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT THAT STATE, THAT IS ALSO WHERE CHICAGO IS, YOU KNOW THE KILLING CAPITOL OF THE UNITED STATES IS.