Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) Governor Pat Quinn threatened that if Pension Reform didn't pass, there would be consequences.
On Wednesday, Quinn followed through with that threat. The governor vetoed legislative salaries and stipends after the general assembly failed to pass comprehensive pension reform.
“In this budget, there should be no paychecks for legislators until they get the job done on pension reform,” Quinn said. “Pension reform is the most critical job for all of us in public office. I cannot in good conscience approve legislation that provides paychecks to legislators who are not doing their job for the taxpayers."
Members of the Illinois General Assembly make $67,836 annually, with additional stipends for leadership position.
"This is an emergency, the taxpayers of Illinois are waiting and there is no excuse for further legislative delay,” Quinn said. “The taxpayers cannot afford an endless cycle of delays, excuses and more delays.”
Quinn is also not accepting his own salary until the General Assembly sends him a pension reform solution.
Shortly after Quinn's announcement, gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley put in his own two cents. "It is obvious to everyone by now that this governor is long on press conferences and short on results," Daley said. "This media sideshow doesn’t get things done, in fact it stands in the way."
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