Yet another twist in legislative salary case
Thursday, Oct 3, 2013
* Gov. Pat Quinn asked the Illinois Supreme Court to hear a direct appeal of Judge Neil Cohen’s decision that killed off his veto of legislative salaries…
That’s an interesting twist because legislative furloughs have been approved time and time again. I made an argument in today’s Capitol Fax that Quinn might’ve looked at the wrong angle.
But there’s something else that I didn’t mention because I didn’t realize it at the time. Lawyers for Cullerton and Madigan argued earlier in the case that the furlough laws were, plain and simply, unconstitutional. They’ve remained on the books because nobody has ever challenged the constitutionality of the furlough laws.
So, there’s an interesting argument from the two legislative leaders. “So what? We passed unconstitutional bills. So sue us.”