September Hearing Set on Lawmaker Salary Dispute

Published 08/06 2013 06:20PM

Updated 08/06 2013 06:54PM

CHICAGO - A Cook County judge will hear arguments next month on a lawsuit challenging Governor Pat Quinn's veto of legislative salaries.

The governor suspended salaries after lawmakers failed to reach a pension reform agreement by the July ninth deadline he had set.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton claim the governor's actions are unconstitutional and hope the court will re-instate lawmakers' pay. Meantime, a bipartisan committee continues to meet in an effort to solve the $100- billion pension crisis.

We caught up will Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington, who sits on the pension committee. He said the governor needs to weigh in on what he's looking for in a bill.

"’Just give me a pension bill on my desk, I'll sign it’ is ludicrous. We need a certain level of savings to make it worthwhile and the governor has been invited several times and has declined every invitation to meet with the conference committee members," Brady said Tuesday while on a visit to Peoria.

Brady said he hopes to have more to share after meetings in Chicago on Friday.

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