A court battle is brewing over whether Illinois lawmakers should be paid.
Governor Pat Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' paychecks in the state budget this month.
Lawmakers failed to come up with a solution to the nearly $100 billion pension crisis and when a pension panel blew another deadline, Quinn stopped their pay.
Democratic leaders have filed a lawsuit hoping the courts will reinstate their pay.
However, political scientist Kent Redfield says lawmakers could take care of it any time they want.
Redfield says Quinn may be winning the public relations battle by cutting lawmakers pay from the budget, but he says the governor violated the structure of state government by trying to force lawmakers to act on pension reform.
Because of that, Redfield says the courts would likely rule Quinn's move was unconstitutional.