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Lawmakers dodge tough issues, but raise their pay

Illinois House Minority Leader Jim DurkR-Western Springs looks while lawmakers argue legislatiHouse floor during sessiIllinois State Capitol Tuesday May 20

Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, looks on while lawmakers argue legislation on the House floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. As it becomes increasingly difficult for Democratic leaders to muster votes for the extension of the stateís income tax increase, some of their rank and file members are calling for other options to be considered as more politically viable alternatives. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) ORG XMIT: ILSP109

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Updated: July 9, 2014 6:18AM



In the closing weeks of the legislative session in Springfield, Illinois lawmakers were proposing all kinds of questions to go before voters on the November ballot, from raising the minimum wage to taxing millionaires.

Here’s a potential for a referendum that we didn’t hear come up: Do state lawmakers deserve a pay raise?

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