SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is about to get a very fat paycheck.

Quinn, a Democrat from Chicago, swore off being paid in July as part of a ploy aimed at pushing lawmakers to take action on pension reform.

Initially, the governor tried to stop paying members of the General Assembly as a way spur them along on his quest for an overhaul of the state’s underfunded retirement systems.

Lawmakers, however, won a legal ruling saying Quinn could not withhold their salaries.

The governor, meanwhile, also had said he wouldn’t take a paycheck until changes to the state’s pension systems were approved.

With Tuesday’s passage of a pension overhaul, Quinn is set to collect nearly $74,000 in pay that had been withheld by Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

The governor’s office had little to say on the matter Wednesday. Over the past few months, Quinn has been living off his savings and investment income.

As of Wednesday, a day after lawmakers took action, the checks were still in Topinka’s office.

“The governor has not yet requested to resume his pay,” noted Brad Hahn, spokesman for the comptroller.

As governor, Quinn earns $177,400 annually.

kurt.erickson@lee.net|(217) 782-4043

Springfield Bureau Chief for the Herald & Review

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