News

Simon Proposal Allows Lawmakers to Trim their Own Pay

Simon Proposal Allows Lawmakers to Trim their Own Pay

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Now that the state no longer implements furlough days upon employees – appointed or elected – Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she wants to make it easier for a lawmaker to refuse part of his or her pay.

Currently, Illinois lawmakers are prohibited from adjusting legislative pay – up or down – for the current term. That is, a salary adjustment could only take effect after the next election.

“The legislature would not be able to cut everyone’s pay during their term, but an individual could voluntary say, I’d like to accept less than my full salary,” Simon – a candidate for comptroller – says of her proposal.

Simon says she now gives some of her pay back to the state. She says the state still calculates taxes and pensions based on the full salary, though.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Annie Leibovitz snaps ‘Star Wars’ cast

Star Wars Force Awakens

See the new photos of the upcoming "Star Wars" film, shot by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.

in Entertainment, Lifestyle, World

Britain’s newborn princess has been named

Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, pose for the media with their newborn daughter outside St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing, London, Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Duchess gave birth to the Princess on Saturday morning.

Britain's newborn princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: Tiny Bruce Lee fan shows off incredible nunchaku skills

19-overlay

A five-year-old boy expertly performs the classic nunchaku scene from Bruce Lee's "Game Of Death."

in Entertainment

‘Avengers’ sequel secures second best opening weekend ever

This photo provided by Disney/Marvel shows, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, in the film, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." The movie releases in the U.S. on May 1, 2015.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" has pulled in a staggering $187.7 million since opening on Thursday night.

in Entertainment

Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney dies at 85

Grace Lee Whitney makes an appearance at the London Film & Comic Convention in 2006.

Grace Lee Whitney, know for her role as Star Trek's Janice Rand, has passed away.