Lisa Madigan to represent Topinka in legislative pay suit vs. AG’s dad
August 5, 2013 7:14PM
Attorney General Lisa Madigan, left, will represent Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, center, in the legislative pay lawsuit brought by Madigan's father, House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).
Updated: August 6, 2013 7:52AM
SPRINGFIELD — Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office confirmed Monday it will have a direct role in the legal dispute over Gov. Pat Quinn’s move to cut legislative salaries despite the fact her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, is a plaintiff in the case.
The three-term attorney general will represent Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka in the case that pits her and Quinn against the House speaker and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), who sued the governor and comptroller.
“There’s not a conflict of interest because of the familial relationship,” said Natalie Bauer, a spokeswoman for the attorney general. Cullerton and Speaker Madigan “filed in their official capacity as the legislative leaders, so there is no conflict.”
The case is scheduled for its first hearing Tuesday before Cook County Associate Judge Neil Cohen, who is being asked to grant a preliminary injunction that would set aside Quinn’s line-item veto and authorize Topinka to resume paying legislators, who missed their first paychecks last week.
In early July, Quinn used his line-item veto authority to zero out legislators’ salaries and pledge not to take a paycheck himself in a bid to force a resolution to years of legislative stalemate that have blocked a pension-reform package from reaching his desk.