SPRINGFIELD, IL –State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) voted today to cut lawmakers’ pay by 5 percent by taking 12 furlough days next year.  In addition, he has voted to deny accepting a yearly raise to give valuable dollars back to the state. The pay raise is automatically given to members of the General Assembly every year. 

"I think this is the right thing to do,” said Senator Terry Link.  “The state can find a better use for this money.  I hope that by giving up our own pay we can keep a local after-school program or violence-prevention program funded next year,”

House Bill 3188 will also cut the “per diem” received by legislators for their travel to and from Springfield.  Combined, these changes will result in a savings of nearly $900 thousand for the state of Illinois.

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