Illinois lawmakers and state elected officials will still be getting pay raises in the weeks ahead – but not as much as was originally approved.
The budget passed by lawmakers late last month included cost-of-living salary increases totaling roughly five-point-five percent. But Republicans noted during the debate that pay hikes of that size would violate state law, which caps increases at 5% or the rate of inflation.
In signing the budget Wednesday, Governor JB Pritzker used his reduction veto power to lower the amount of money allocated for the raises in order to get it within the 5% threshold.
Pritzker says the legislature’s inclusion of the additional funds was “inadvertent.”