Lawmakers Vote to Block Due Pay-Raise

(AP) 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.