Rauner Praises House Vote to Block Lawmaker Pay Raise

CBS St. Louis

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Members of the Illinois House voted Tuesday to block a pay raise for themselves and senators that has become a flashpoint in the state’s budget stalemate.

The 110-1 vote would still need Senate approval before Gov. Bruce Rauner could sign it and stop the 2 percent cost-of-living increase that lawmakers are automatically due. If it takes effect, it would be their first pay raise in seven years.

That vote followed a tense floor debate during which Republicans asked the bill’s lead sponsor, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, why their own efforts months ago to block the raise were never voted on. Madigan said the raise is just a small piece of what he called a “historic struggle” between majority Democrats in the Legislature and the new GOP governor.

“We’ve made a good faith effort to meet the governor halfway. His response? `I have to have my…

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