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Illinois lawmakers will get a $1,600 pay increase

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SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- Illinois lawmakers are about to get a pay hike.

Governor J.B. Pritzker says he will sign a bi-partisan budget plan approved in Springfield last month as-is. That's despite calls to remove a $1,600 per year pay increase for legislators. It is their first pay increase since 2008 and comes as a 2.4 percent cost of living increase to their $67,836 base salary. 

Representative Patrick Windhorst of Metropolis has called on the governor to line item veto the pay increase.

"The idea that any legislators deserve a pay raise, especially after what we saw during the last week of session, is absurd. The people of Illinois are hurting, and foolish actions like this continue to erode the trust between lawmakers and the constituents we are called to serve," Windhorst said.

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