The Chicago Tribune has published a commentary by Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) that explains how legislators not only gave themselves pay raises, but also boosted their pensions.
Pay raise or not, legislators boosted their own pensions
By Dan McConchie
Debate has been raging since the Illinois legislature voted last month on the budget over this question: Did legislators vote themselves a pay raise this year?
Republicans, including me, have argued that the lack of language in the budget implementation bill that bars the legally required cost of living adjustment, or COLA, means that, sooner or later, a pay raise of about $1,800 a year is coming. Democrats counter, saying raises won't occur since they didn't put enough money in the budget this year to pay for those legally required increases, at least at this time.
You can read Sen. McConchie's entire commentary in the Chicago Tribune, here.