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Illinois governor tries to withhold lawmakers’ paychecks

CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn is using his veto power in an attempt to suspend state lawmakers’ pay because of their inaction on Illinois’ pension crisis.

The Chicago Democrat is announcing the news Wednesday. He said there’ll be no paychecks for legislators until they get the job done.

The Associated Press obtained details of the plan before Wednesday’s announcement.

Quinn’s using his line-item veto power in a budget bill that’s on his desk. Lawmakers have to approve his changes.

The bill gives the state comptroller the ability to issue paychecks to state employees. Quinn’s announcement comes a day after he said there would be consequences for lawmakers who didn’t send him a pension overhaul plan by Tuesday’s deadline.

The state has nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability, the worst of any state.

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