Rep. Winger sponsors legislation to eliminate pay raises for lawmakers

Last week Democrats passed a budget out of the House that spends $7 billion more than the state will take in, causing an 8-month delay in payments to anyone to whom the state owes money and adding to the already growing deficit.

To add insult to injury, members of the General Assembly are scheduled for a 1.7% pay raise starting July 1. Each year in Illinois, members of the General Assembly receive an automatic Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) unless they take action to reject it. The amount paid for per diems and mileage are also automatically increased.

"It is unacceptable for lawmakers to get a pay raise when the state is in a financial crisis,” said Rep. Christine Winger (R –Wood Dale) who is a chief co-sponsor of legislation that will prevent that increase.

House Bill 6584 prohibits the implementation of automatic pay increases for legislators, constitutional officers and certain appointed state offices. Additionally, it freezes per diems and mileage reimbursements at the current levels. If passed, lawmakers and others identified in the legislation would not receive a raise in pay for FY2017.