Bill to Eliminate Pay Raises for Legislators Awaits Senate Approval

The Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation last month that would eliminate a pay raise for lawmakers. State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) co-sponsored the legislation.

House Bill 576 will keep the current base legislative salary for State Representatives and Senators at $67,836 for Fiscal Year 2016. The legislation also prevents increases in mileage, lodging and meal reimbursements for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

“We have the 5th highest legislator salaries in the nation and many in the legislature think they deserve another pay raise,” said Rep. Kay.  “It’s common sense that legislators should not be receiving a pay raise while our state is buried in debt.”

HB 576 passed the House 101-1 on July 28th and now awaits approval in the Senate.

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