House approves bill to block Illinois lawmaker pay raise

The Illinois House of Representatives has moved to block a contentious pay raise for lawmakers.
    
The bill passed Tuesday would block the 2 percent cost-of-living increase that lawmakers are automatically due.
    
The bipartisan vote to approve the bill followed a debate in which Republicans questioned House Speaker Michael Madigan about why their previous efforts to block the raise were never allowed to come to a vote. The Democrat did not directly respond.
    
The pay-raise issue has become a flashpoint in the budget stalemate between the Democrat-controlled Legislature and GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner.
    
The Senate would still need to approve the bill but isn't in session until next week. A Democratic caucus spokeswoman said it wasn't clear when or if the Senate will vote.

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