A state senator and candidate for higher office on Thursday sought some attention for giving up a portion of his pay. This comes after Illinois lawmakers — for the first time in years — did not vote to symbolically cut their own pay. This form of salary self-denial has become popular in Illinois, but its roots are much deeper than that.
The base salary for a member of the Illinois General Assembly is $67,836 a year.
During the Great Recession, when Illinois’ finances were tanking, lawmakers decided to give some of that back.