In response to the court ruling yesterday that authorized Comptroller Susana Mendoza to immediately issue paychecks to Illinois lawmakers, State Representative Tom Morrison (R Palatine) joined a group of House Republicans today in filing a bill that would prohibit legislators from jumping to the front of the line.

HB 4026 would give the Comptroller greater discretion when issuing salary payments for members of the General Assembly and the ability to prioritize Illinois’ other fiscal obligations over legislators’ and Executive Branch officers’ pay. A similar bill was also filed in the Illinois Senate today as SB 989.

“I have believed all along that it was unfair for legislators to continue getting paid while so many other people had to wait their turn to get money owed to them, so I was supportive of former Comptroller Leslie Monger’s decision to implement the ‘No Budget, No Pay’ policy for legislators,” said Morrison. “In December, a lawsuit was filed by six legislators, arguing for their legislative pay to be prioritized, and yesterday the court decision went in their favor. Our new bill seeks to remedy what we believe was a poor decision that provides preferential treatment for lawmakers.”

Through HB 4026, the monthly salary payment to legislators could be delayed if there are insufficient funds in the state’s General Revenue Fund to pay all other obligations within 90 days after a voucher requesting payment is submitted to the Comptroller.
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