Topinka said questions have been raised about whether Quinn is violating a provision of the state constitution that says changes in salary can't take effect during a lawmaker's current term. She said the legal review she's requested will be complete before the Aug. 1 payday.
The governor says a 1985 court ruling confirmed that his authority to reduce or veto parts of a budget bill extends to the line-item veto of state officials' salaries. He also noted he's not changing legislators' salaries, just withholding the money.
The bill is HB214.
Tareen reported from Springfield, Ill.