Gov. Rauner signs lawmakers’ rejected pay hike

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law barring Illinois lawmakers from receiving a pay raise this year.

Rauner signed the measure Thursday after the General Assembly voted to reject the increase that would have paid each member of the House and Senate about $1,400 more per year.

The hike was supposed to be automatic because of court decisions and a 2014 law.

But Rauner, a Republican, battered the Legislature for weeks in mid-summer over the 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for lawmakers who haven’t seen an increase in eight years.

He said it would be improper for lawmakers to take a raise when they have not been able to agree with him on a state budget that was supposed to take effect July 1.