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Pension Pay Lawsuit
Fri September 27, 2013
Topinka Cautions Against "Government By Blackmail"
A judge says Illinois Governor Pat Quinn exceeded his power when he vetoed lawmaker salaries this summer. The judge ordered members of the Illinois House and Senate get their back pay with interest.
"The precedent here is a little bit of game-playing and gamesmanship. Now you have this precedent of using dollars back and forth (paychecks if you will) to get some kind of a solution to a favored project, a program, or whatever you are looking for. That's not the way you want to run a state." -Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
Quinn says he intends to appeal the ruling. A hearing on that is set for this morning. Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey contributed to this report.