A Cook County judge today denied a request by Gov. Pat Quinn to put on hold his ruling ordering state lawmakers' paychecks to be issued.
Quinn had vetoed lawmakers' salaries from the budget in July, saying they shouldn't be paid until they sent him a bill fixing the state's indebted public worker pension system.
On Thursday, Judge Neil Cohen ruled Quinn's move unconstitutional and ordered Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue the two paychecks lawmakers Quinn.
Today, lawyers for Quinn asked Cohen for a stay until the ruling could be appealed. It was denied. An Illinois appellate court also denied Quinn's request for a stay this afternoon.
"I understand where his heart and intent is, but that's politics -- not the law, " Cohen said of Quinn. "It shouldn't be used for political advantage."
"The governor violated the constitution. He had no right to do that despite his benevolent intent," Cohen said.
Cohen commended Topinka for following his order to "immediately" issue checks.
Testimony showed Topinka will issue checks for October by 3 p.m. today. Quinn attorneys are appealing Cohen's denial of a stay immediately to the state appellate court.
Quinn's attorneys argued that "no one in this courtroom" believed Cohen's decision that the governor violated the constitution "would be the final word in this case."