House Approves Rep McSweeney-Backed Measure Preventing a Cost of Living Adjustment Pay Increase for Legislators Next Fiscal Year

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March 15, 2017

Legislators would not be able to receive any pay cost of living adjustments in the upcoming fiscal year under legislation the House recently approved, according to State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills), the chief co-sponsor of the bill.

The legislation (HB 643) prohibits lawmakers from receiving a cost of living adjustment pay increase for next fiscal year. Representative McSweeney has been a leader in fighting to prohibit COLAS (Cost of Living Adjustments) for General Assembly members.

“It sends a terrible message to give legislators a pay raise when the
State cannot pay its bills right now,” McSweeney said. “Our focus
right now needs to be getting a budget passed without raising taxes.
We need to fix the State’s financial mess – not hand out pay raises to

In addition, State Rep. David McSweeney has signed a letter written to Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza supporting the “No Budget, No Pay” policy of making legislators wait in line to get paid.

McSweeney has also filed HB 343, which would prohibit General Assembly members from getting paid until a budget is passed.

“Every day that goes by without a budget, we are driving our state
deeper and deeper into debt,” McSweeney said. “Our focus should be on
getting a budget without a tax increase. Members should not get paid
until we pass a balanced budget."

House Bill 643, which was filed by Representative Katie Stuart, passed the House with 98 votes and now moves to the Illinois Senate for further consideration.