Yingling Backs Bill Forcing Lawmakers to Work Days without Pay


GRAYSLAKE, Ill. - As part of his ongoing effort to demand greater fiscal responsibility from Springfield, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, is sponsoring legislation to cut lawmakers' pay, including his own.

"The people I talk to when I walk door-to-door are working hard to make ends meet, and they can’t afford Springfield politicians raising taxes, running up debt, and rewarding themselves with a big taxpayer-funded paycheck," Yingling said. "Forcing lawmakers to work days without pay is one way to help cut the cost of government, but it also makes it clear that in difficult times, elected officials’ pay should be the first line item to cut."

Yingling is a sponsor of House Bill 6284, which will require legislators to take 12 furlough days without pay each year. The legislation is the latest in a series of efforts by Yingling to reduce the cost of government. As a township official, Yingling donated $25,000 of his pay, and during his first months as state representative, Yingling passed legislation requiring lawmakers to take furlough days.

"I ran for state representative because I believe leadership is about putting the people you represent first," Yingling said. "During difficult times, elected officials need to lead by example, and that's exactly what I intend to do with this bill."

Yingling represents the 62nd District, which contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood.