Illinois lawmakers are cutting their pay for the third straight year as the state struggles with a major budget deficit.
The Illinois Senate approved the pay cut 48-4 Wednesday. The House had passed the measure in May.
It requires lawmakers to take 12 unpaid furlough days and give up their annual cost-of-living increase. The cost for each legislator is about $3,900.
Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski said it's important for legislators to share the pain so many others in state government are feeling.
But Sen. Annazette Collins disagreed.