SPRINGFIELD — A Senate committee approved legislation Monday that would once again require lawmakers and state officers to take 12 furlough days.
Lawmakers took a similar number of unpaid work days last year.
Lawmakers’ current base pay is $67,836, but leaders and committee chairmen receive more. With the furlough days, rank-and-file lawmakers would give up about $3,119 in pay.
The committee approved the measure by a vote of 11-1. The measure now moves to the Senate floor for further debate. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, was the only “no” vote.
“You just saved taxpayers $1.2 million,” said state Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Park Ridge Democrat, after the legislation was approved.
The proposal also again limits cost of living increases for legislators and continues previous reductions for lodging and meal costs while lawmakers stay in Springfield.
The legislation is Senate Bill 260.