SPRINGFIELD - Illinois lawmakers will get their paychecks afterall. A judge ruled Wednesday afternoon that Governor Quinn's move to suspend their pay was unconstitutional. The judge ruled Quinn did it to motivate lawmakers to pass pension reform. The judge has ordered the state comptroller to pay lawmakers the two paychecks they've missed, plus interest. Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka made the following statement Thursday in response to the Court's ruling to restore compensation for lawmakers: "In light of today's Court ruling, I have instructed my staff to begin processing salary payments for Illinois lawmakers. I have consistently said action was required by the General Assembly or the Court to authorize restoration of those payments. That has now occurred, and the Comptroller's Office will comply. Processing of paychecks for August, September and October begins today." WMBD 31 will have more on this story later today.
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