Gov. Pat Quinn moved to halt Illinois lawmakers’ pay Wednesday, following through on his warning of consequences if they failed to come up with a solution to the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis, the worst of any state nationwide.
The Chicago Democrat said he would use his line-item veto power in a budget bill that’s on his desk, also vowing to not accept a salary himself until a deal has been reached. Lawmakers would have to vote to reject his changes if they want to get paid.
Quinn, who has made pension reform his main focus for nearly two years, said he wanted to spur lawmakers into action.
Read more in Crain’s Chicago Business.