Ex-state Senator Noland sues Mendoza over pay – Consumer News

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2 June 2017 | 3:23 pm

A former state senator from Elgin is suing for back pay, alleging that the General Assembly violated the Illinois constitution by forcing furloughs and eliminating cost-of-living adjustments for legislators.

Michael Noland, a Democrat who retired in January after losing a race for Congress, says in the lawsuit that the state constitution prohibits such mid-term salary adjustments.

The complaint, filed yesterday in Cook County, didn’t specify how much Noland lost as a result of eight bills passed between 2009 and 2016 that eliminated COLAs and five bills during the same period that mandated 36 furlough days.

Noland could not be immediately reached for comment. Michael Scotti, a private-practice attorney in Chicago representing Noland and a special assistant attorney general for the state, did not return a call.

The defendant is state Comptroller Susana Mendoza in her capacity as the state’s check writer. She took office in January, after the period under scrutiny. Mendoza’s office said it does not comment on pending litigation.

Noland, an attorney and Navy veteran, opted not to seek re-election last year. He ran for the northwest suburban U.S. House seat being vacated by Tammy Duckworth, who was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Noland got 29 percent of the vote in the March primary, won by Raja Krishnamoorthi, who prevailed in the November election.

The lawsuit asks Mendoza to inform other state legislators who were similarly affected and notify them they can opt out of the payments and donate them to the state.

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