Rauner Blasts Madigan for Lawmaker Pay Hike Amid Budget Mess
The House has rebuffed a Republican attempt to consider legislation rejecting a pay increase for lawmakers.
GOP members asked majority Democrats for a hearing Tuesday on the measure. It would nix a 2 percent automatic cost-of-living raise under state law.
Democrats rejected the plea.
The raise increases lawmakers' base pay by about $1,360 to about $69,200 per year. It's the first raise for members of the General Assembly in seven years.
Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago for not blocking the salary increase while the two sides remain deadlocked over a state budget. He says lawmakers should "earn" their raise by negotiating with him.
Madigan refused to address the raise issue last week when asked by reporters.