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Downstate Rep. Proposes Furlough Day for Lawmakers

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 09:39 AM CDT
As state representatives debate the budget, a group of lawmakers is calling on peers to take pay cuts of their own.

proposed bill would require lawmakers to take one furlough day every
month, and would prohibit a cost-of-living adjustment for the coming

The bill's primary sponsor said Illinois lawmakers are paid
nearly $68,000 a year, but they aren't living up to their

"To continue to say 'you're doing a great job'
by giving them additional income or giving all of us additional
income--or even holding flat--is simply ridiculous," Rep. Dwight Kay (R -
Glen Carbon) said.

Kay said he doesn't think the savings would be significant, but it would show citizens that lawmakers are concerned.

The legislature passed a similar bill last year.Downstate Rep. Proposes Furlough Day for Lawmakers

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