(Chicago) – A freshman GOP lawmaker has decided that the best way to get the state’s bills paid is not to pay Illinois elected officials.
State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) has introduced legislation, House Bill 171, that would suspend the salaries of the governor, lt. governor, secretary of state, comptroller, treasurer, and that of each member of the Illinois General Assembly “until the State has paid in full all vendor accounts that are past due…,” according to the bill text.
“It is a stunt,” said a long-time lobbyist. “Charlie Meier start’s his legislative career with a stunt, and it’s not a good idea, because he looks foolish and not serious as a lawmaker.”
Meier, a Washington County farmer and real estate developer of “villas” from downstate Illinois, introduced the legislation on Friday, January 18.
The measure is now in the House Rules Committee.
Meier’s district includes the portions of Clinton, Eastern Madison, Eastern St. Clair, and most of Washington counties.
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