Rep. Butler Votes to Eliminate Pay Raise for Lawmakers

State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) voted to stop a pay raise scheduled to take effect next month for Illinois lawmakers.

House Bill 576 co-sponsored by Rep. Butler will keep the current base legislative salary for Illinois lawmakers at $67,836 for Fiscal Year 2016. The legislation also prevents increases in mileage, lodging and meal reimbursements for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

“With billions in state debt and billions in unpaid bills, lawmakers should not be rewarded with a pay raise,” said Rep. Tim Butler.  “It is unconscionable that previous General Assemblies set it up for lawmakers to receive this COLA and I was proud to vote against this unneeded pay raise.”

Today was not the only opportunity for lawmakers to reject their pay raise. On May 28th, Rep. Butler co-sponsored legislation (HB 4225) to prevent legislators, statewide elected officials and appointees in positions from receiving a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2016. However, the legislation was never allowed to receive a vote by the House of Representatives.

Rep. Butler added, “I have waited two months for the legislature to refuse the pay raise scheduled to take effect this year. I call on the State Senate to approve the bill promptly so that Governor Rauner can sign it into law.”