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The Illinois House on Tuesday passed legislation to stop their own pay hikes as Democrats faced increasing pressure during the budget stalemate.

The legislation filed Tuesday stopped lawmakers’ getting their automatic cost-of-living increase that would boost their salaries 2 percent — or nearly $1,400 in addition to their $68,000 base legislative salary. State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) said it is crazy to even think about legislators getting a pay raise during the current budget crisis.

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Republicans have attempted to pass such legislation for the past several weeks by the Democrats who control the House would not allow the legislation out of committee.

It passed 101-2 and now must go to the state Senate.

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