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Some Lawmakers Give Away Per Diem Check

It cost you about $40,000 for state lawmakers to decide to set up a conference committee. Wednesday's Special Session to fix pension reform came and went and taxpayers flipped the bill for their meals and mileage.

There were some lawmakers who didn't take the $111 per diem, while others give the money to charity, according to the House Republicans. One of those was State Representative Rich Brauer.

"A lot of them like myself will take the per diem, we'll pick out our favorite charity and donate it to that," Brauer said. "A couple summers ago, we were in 35 days, and I donated all of that to St. Jude's."

Governor Quinn set a July 9th deadline for the conference committee to come up with a solution to Illinois' pension problem. It's not the first deadline Quinn has set in the past. Lawmakers have missed every deadline prior.