SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – To promote ethics and transparency in government, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, is supporting legislation that would end the practice of paying legislators for a full month of work, regardless of when they resign.
“I am committed to serving our community with integrity and honesty, and that means making sure that taxpayer dollars aren’t being put toward a paycheck that a former legislator didn’t earn,” Mussman said. “Taxpayer dollars should be used to fund the critical resources residents rely on, and this legislation will help make sure that happens.”
The Mussman-backed House Bill 4131 aims to address instances of politicians resigning amid scandal but still collecting a full month’s pay. Currently, if a legislator resigns on the first day of the month, he or she would still be paid for the entire month. This measure would ensure that taxpayer dollars are not funding unearned paychecks and pro-rates a legislator’s pay for the time they worked.
“I will continue working for a stronger and more transparent government for Illinois residents, and this legislation takes an important step in the right direction,” Mussman said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make conscious improvements.”