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McDermed explains lawmaker pay raises

State Rep. says she’ll refund or donate $1,600 raise

Margo McDermed
Margo McDermed

State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, took to social media in response to inquiries about the pay raises that lawmakers will receive with the new budget.

In a post on Facebook, McDermed explained there are automatic legislative cost of living increases each year, and there is not a specific item in the budget that raised lawmakers’ salaries, unless the General Assembly votes to prohibit it.

She said the General Assembly has voted to prohibit the cost of living adjustments since 2009, but this year, she said, House Speaker Michael Madigan did not call the bill up.

When this appeared to be the case, McDermed said, the House Republicans attempted to push their own bill, but the effort failed.

She said she promises to either refund the anticipated $1,600 back to the state or donate it to a local charity.

State legislators earn a base salary of $67,836. That will increase July 1.

They also receive per diem reimbursements and some receive additional pay ranging from $10,326 to $27,477 a year for committee chair and leadership positions.

Since 1990, Illinois law allowed lawmakers a cost of living increase of about 2.4% each year.

Other Republican state lawmakers such as David McSweeney of Barrington Hills and Tim Butler of Springfield, called on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to use an amendatory veto to add language blocking pay raises. Pritzker said he would sign the bill as is.

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