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Wallace Legislation to Freeze Perks for Lawmakers Signed into Law

07/26/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State lawmakers will not receive an automatic pay increase under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, which was signed into law Wednesday.

“As our state continues to grapple with its spending priorities, it is simply irresponsible to raise the salaries of lawmakers while working families struggle to get by,” Wallace said. “Following previous efforts to reduce reimbursement rates for politicians, I was proud to support this bipartisan effort to further freeze rates and block this automatic pay raise.”

Under the Wallace-backed House Bill 643, lawmakers will not receive a scheduled pay raise that was set to take effect this month. Additionally, the law will freeze the daily allowance legislators receive on session days in Springfield for food, lodging and travel mileage reimbursement.

“We should be focused on meeting the challenges of our state, not personal gain,” Wallace said. “As we look to bring stability in the wake of the budget impasse, this measure was a step in the right direction of prioritizing our state’s residents.”

For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at litesa@staterepwallace.com.


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