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Illinois legislators haven’t been paid in months, but that’s about to change.

Legislators get a base salary of about $5,600 a month -- or they did.

A few months ago, Comptroller Leslie Munger announced that lawmakers’ paychecks would get placed in a cue, along with the rest of the state’s bills. It can take a while to make it to the front of the line because Illinois doesn’t have money to pay all of its bills.

It’s a persistent problem that’s been exacerbated by the budget impasse.

Court Vacates Cook County Ruling On State Paychecks

Jul 17, 2015
state of Illinois

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger on Friday praised the First District Appellate Court's decision to vacate the Cook County Circuit Court order to pay certain state employees at federal minimum wage while denying paychecks to others.

"Today's ruling removes any conflict between court decisions and allows my office to continue paying all state employees for their work," she said in a statement. "My priority has consistently been to comply with federal mandates and do everything in my power under the law to pay workers for services they are already providing the state.

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The legal dispute continues this week over what Illinois state workers should be paid.

It’s the latest issue to be caught in the wide-ranging web of consequences resulting from having no state budget.

While dozens of human service providers are left hanging in the wind -- unsure what kind of state support they’ll get -- state employees find themselves in a similar boat. Last week, a Cook County judge said employees shouldn’t get a salary since the state doesn’t have a spending plan.

An appeal to that ruling is quickly moving forward.

A Cook County Judge ruled today that Illinois lawmakers will continue to receive paychecks while Governor Pat Quinn appeals a related ruling.