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Gov. Rauner Signs Lawmakers' Rejected Pay Hike

Rauner signed the measure Thursday after the General Assembly voted to reject the increase that would have paid each member of the House and Senate about $1,400 more per year

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    In this photo shared on Twitter, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is shown signing a bill that alleviated an immediate shortfall in the state budget.

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law barring Illinois lawmakers from receiving a pay raise this year.

    Rauner signed the measure Thursday after the General Assembly voted to reject the increase that would have paid each member of the House and Senate about $1,400 more per year.

    The hike was supposed to be automatic because of court decisions and a 2014 law.

    But Rauner, a Republican, battered the Legislature for weeks in mid-summer over the 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for lawmakers who haven't seen an increase in eight years.

    He said it would be improper for lawmakers to take a raise when they have not been able to agree with him on a state budget that was supposed to take effect July 1.

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