From the Illinios State Senate
State Senator John Sullivan, 47th Legislative District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 08, 2012
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Sullivan Votes to Cut His Pay
Senate Unanimously Approves Furlough Days, COLA Freezes for 4th Year in a Row
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) recently voted to reject a cost-of-living pay increase and cut his salary and that of all state senators and representatives by requiring legislators to take 12 unpaid days next year. House Bill 3188, which passed the Senate with unanimous and bi-partisan support, also freezes the salaries of the governor, other statewide officials, state’s attorneys, state agency directors, and members of state boards and commissions.
“As we make tough decisions about the state’s budget, public officials absolutely must lead by example,” said Sen. Sullivan, who co-sponsored the legislation. “That’s why it’s necessary, for the fourth year in a row, to cut our own pay.”
In his proposed budget, the governor included automatic raises – in the form of cost-of-living increases – for himself, other constitutional officers, and members of the General Assembly. With HB 3188, the Senate rejected those increases, then took the extra step of decreasing salaries by taking furlough days in fiscal year 2013.
“This is about accountability to our constituents,” Sen. Sullivan said. “If we’re going to ask the people of Illinois to make sacrifices to restore our fiscal health, we – as legislators – need to share in that sacrifice.”