CHICAGO – An Illinois judge said he intends to rule next week on whether lawmakers have a right to get their paychecks after Gov. Pat Quinn moved to strike legislative salaries from the fiscal 2014 budget in an attempt to pressure them to act on long-stalled pension reforms.

Attorneys squared off in arguments for two hours before Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Neil Cohen on Wednesday. Cohen said he needed time to digest the arguments and would issue a ruling by Sept. 26.

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