Topinka requests legal review of Amendatory Veto

Comptroller responds to Governor’s action

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka released the following statement Wednesday in response to the Governor using the Amendatory Veto to stop compensation for General Assembly members: 

“This morning the Governor notified my office of his intention to eliminate the salaries and stipends of members of the General Assembly. While I understand and appreciate the Governor’s focus on pension reform, real questions have been raised about the legality of his action. Specifically, Section 11 of our State Constitution states that ‘changes in the salary of a member shall not take effect during the term for which he has been elected.’ Therefore, I have requested a legal review which should be completed before lawmakers are scheduled to receive their next paychecks on August 1, 2013.”