Rauner Signs Bill To Limit How Much Lawmakers Get Paid

Jul 26, 2017

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner kicked off a series of special sessions by signing a measure that will limit how much lawmakers will be paid.

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The measure halts increases in salaries and their mileage reimbursements. Rauner said it was an example of legislators working together, since the idea had received wide support.

“We're announcing a step in the right direction to protect Illinois taxpayers, I want to thank the members of the General Assembly who came together on a bi-partisan basis to pass this legislation,” he said.

Still, the Governor calling special session is a hit to taxpayers. The cost of bringing legislators and staff back to the statehouse can run up $48,000 a day.  

The law signed Wednesday won’t change that amount.