- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on Illinois lawmakers suing the state comptroller over their paychecks (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says lawmakers suing her to get back pay are “cowards.”

The Republican was named in a Cook County lawsuit by six legislators Friday on her last day in office. The Democratic lawmakers haven’t been paid since May and say Munger Is violating the state Constitution by interfering in a separate branch of government.

Munger announced in April she would put lawmakers’ paychecks in line with all other overdue bills until they reach a budget deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner.

She told reporters in Chicago Friday that Rep. Chris Welch of Hillside and five other state representatives were too cowardly to take legal action before she left office. Democrat Susanna Mendoza takes over Monday and has pledged to continue withholding paychecks.

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12:30 p.m.

Half-a-dozen state representatives have sued the Illinois comptroller for holding up their paychecks during the state budget mess.

The Democratic lawmakers filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on Friday demanding that Republican Comptroller Leslie Munger and Gov. Bruce Rauner “end unwarranted political pressure.”

In April, Munger began putting paychecks for the governor and lawmakers in line and pays them like other vendors’ overdue bills get paid.

The lawsuit was filed by Democratic representatives Emanuel “Chris” Welch of Hillside, Kate Cloonen of Kankakee, Lisa Hernandez of Cicero along with Chicagoans Mary Flowers, Sonya Harper and Silvan Tabares (tuh-BAH’-riss).

Munger was appointed in 2014 to fill a vacancy but lost election last month to Democrat Susana Mendoza. Mendoza has pledge to continue withholding pay.

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