A Cook County Judge ruled today that Illinois lawmakers will continue to receive paychecks while Governor Pat Quinn appeals a related ruling.
In July, Quinn ordered paychecks to be stopped for all state lawmakers until they fix the state's pension crisis. Yesterday, Cook County Judge Neil Cohen ruled that unconstitutional and ordered the state to immediately pay the lawmakers for the two checks they have already missed.
Quinn then requested that paychecks be held while he appeals that ruling: Judge Cohen denied that request today.
Illinois is nearly $100-billion short in being able to cover future pensions for state workers, university employees, and some teachers.