Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner kicked off a series of special sessions by signing a measure that will limit how much lawmakers will be paid.
The measure halts increases in salaries and their mileage reimbursements. Rauner said it was an example of legislators working together, since the idea had received wide support.
“We're announcing a step in the right direction to protect Illinois taxpayers, I want to thank the members of the General Assembly who came together on a bi-partisan basis to pass this legislation,” he said.
Still, the Governor calling special session is a hit to taxpayers. The cost of bringing legislators and staff back to the statehouse can run up $48,000 a day.
The law signed Wednesday won’t change that amount.