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Rep. Michelle Mussman Spearheads Bi-Partisan Effort to Cut Lawmaker Salaries 10%, Abolish Raises


(Springfield, IL) — March 30, 2011. A bi-partisan group of Illinois House lawmakers are pushing a legislative effort to permanently cut legislative salaries by 10% and deny legislators any future raises.

The legislation, House Bill 2891, which is being spearheaded by freshman State Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), was approved, 14-2, by the House State Government Administration Committee on March 2, 2011.

In a letter-to-the-editor published yesterday in the Chicago Tribune, veteran lawmaker State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), who is also sponsoring the measure, wrote, “Illinois families are trimming their household budgets, giving up luxuries and dipping into their own personal safety nets. … Every Illinoisan is sacrificing — so should lawmakers.”

In addition to Mussman and Feigenholtz, sponsors include State Reps.: Keith Farnham (D), Karen May (D), Richard Morthland (R), Dwight Kay (R), Adam Brown (R), Wayne Rosenthal (R), Fred Crespo (D), Jack Franks (D), Daniel Biss (D), Emily McAsey (D), Kenneth Dunkin (D), Michael Unes (R), Norine Hammond (R), Darlene Senger (R), Jason Barickman (R), Pam Roth (R), Thomas Morrison (R), Jil Tracy (R), and Sandra Pihos (R).

The bill, whose prospects to become law are uncertain, faces the full House for consideration.

About David Ormsby

David, a public relations consultant and blogger at The Huffington Post, is an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party.

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