Some Illinois Lawmakers Voluntarily Giving Up Pay

CHICAGO (AP) — Some Illinois lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands after the Legislature moved for the first time in years not to take furlough days to save taxpayer dollars.

Reps. Fred Crespo, Marty Moylan and Don Moffitt are among those who plan to give the minimum $3,100 bump they’ll see in their paychecks this year to charity.

Moylan is a Des Plaines Democrat. He says the move demonstrates lawmakers are willing to make sacrifices.

Starting pay for legislators is $67,836.

The General Assembly has approved legislation each year sacrificing one day of pay per month since 2009. They say such legislation was impossible to enact this year after a Cook County court ruling. The court found Gov. Pat Quinn’s July 2013 line-item veto last summer of legislators’ salaries was unconstitutional.

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