Governor Pat Quinn stopped the pay of legislators since they did not pass pension reform. If Illinois legislators were paid on the basis of performance, they never would get paid. As it is, we have some of the highest paid legislators in the country. Our state legislators are some of the least effective of any in the country. Couple this with their reckless spending and they are a prize. Republican or Democrat – they are all to blame. In the end our Governor and our legislators will not solve the pension problem by adjusting benefits to reflect the reality of the Illinois economy. The solution will just be higher taxes on those who elect to stay in Illinois or cannot afford to leave.