Courts on opposite sides of the state have issued opinions about whether state employees should continue to get paychecks while the impasse over a yearlong spending plan continues between Democrats in the Legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Gov. Pat Quinn lost another round in his bid to block lawmakers’ paychecks until they send him a pension reform plan, when the Illinois Appellate Court denied his request to stop legislators from getting paid.
It’s an old saying: A day’s pay for a day’s work.
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.
Seeking to pressure lawmakers into acting on comprehensive pension reform, Gov. Pat Quinn used his budgetary veto powers on Wednesday to suspend legislative salaries until they come up with a plan.
Instead of paying four percent on the first $110 thousand dollars earned, workers will pay six percent.
Employees of a company that did not pay workers for weeks say they have been laid off in retaliation for going to the media. The company disagrees.
They were promised paychecks by Tuesday, but workers in southwest suburban Alsip still haven’t been paid. Now they are at a sit-in waiting for their money. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.