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Peck Calls for Pay Freeze, Salary Reduction for Lawmakers

Plainfield village trustee Garrett Peck is the second state candidate to demand legislative salaries be slashed by 10 percent.

Editor's note: The following is taken in part by a press release issued by the campaign of Garrett Peck.

State Senate candidate Garrett Peck on Thursday issued a press release calling for a legislative pay freeze. 

Peck, who is running against Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools Jennifer-Bertino Tarrant for the new 49th District seat, is advocating a freeze of salary and benefits until the state's debt crisis is solved.

“I don’t think I could look my constituents in the eye if I took pay increases out of their pockets, while Illinois families are struggling to pay the bills,” Peck said in a press release. “What kind of example is that to set, when politicians can’t pay vendors and providers, but take a pay increase? It’s unconscionable.”

He also proposed that state lawmakers take a 10 percent pay reduction — sharing a stance held by 98th District House of Representatives candidate Natalie Manley, who also called for 10 percent pay cut last week.

Manley is going up against Fountaindale Library District trustee Bob Kalnicky in the November election.

“Look, being a state senator was never meant to be a full-time job," Peck continued in a statement. "It’s a part-time job with full-time duties.

"We need to show our constituents that we are willing to make the spending cuts and sacrifices necessary to eliminate the state deficit and roll back the Democrats’ 67 percent income tax increase. My goal is to bring the state back to solvency, while promoting more effective, efficient government — and ultimately enable taxpayers to keep more of their take home pay.”

Peck called on his opponent to join him in pledging to reject any increases in legislative pay and benefits, while calling for a 10 percent reduction in legislative salaries.

Peck vowed to propose "bold solutions" to solve the state's debt crisis and make Illinois economically viable once again. 

“Illinois has the worst credit rating in the country," he said. "In addition to a mountain of debt, we have at least $120 billion in unfunded pension liabilities Reducing legislative pay demonstrates lawmakers are serious about fixing the state’s financial problems. In order to regain the public’s trust, we must lead by example.”

Grandpamike September 24, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Sorry Vicki He only wants the best for Garrett Peck. Also, as I mentioned before, by using your real name does not add truth to your remarks, anymore than an alias. wait, let's see "I use my true name, so therefore what I say is true". Does that work for you ?
Tim September 24, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Nobody yet has given one positive vote that Peck has made on the village board in his current elected position. There is a husband/wife with one each on the school board, and village board. If you have to abstain from so many votes because of this, what good is your service? You were elected to vote for important issues, and not to abstain Peck-style during board votes. I think more people need to realize that all of these 'abstain' votes are happening because of all the personal interconnections between the various governing bodies. Not acceptable.
Ernie Knight September 25, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Tim, As the "expert" on highway design for the village and the use of funds from other entities, I'm surprised you're unaware of the vote for the pedestrian bridge over the river at Lockport Street. Or doesn't it count unless it's a RAILROAD CROSSING? Would you prefer that a trustee vote when there is a potential conflict of interest, Tim? We aren't supposed to elect people who might have any conflict of interest in ANY vote? That would be a pretty limited pool.
my conscience October 31, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Tim, I am always skeptical of your comments, but on this particular subject I must say (in mild surprise) Bravo! ... or is this another smoke screen? If so, it is the best one yet! ;-)
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