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Comptroller Susana Mendoza and former State Rep. Edward Kodatt. (Illinois photo).

The State Representative appointed to fill former House Speaker Michael Madigan's seat resigned just days later but is still eligible for a full month's pay. State Comptroller Susana Mendoza says it's because of an arcane Illinois law.

Mendoza says she's asked former Representative Edward Kodatt to not accept the month's salary which amounts to $5,788. Mendoza has introduced a bill to prevent taxpayers from being on the hook to pay salaries after lawmakers resign.

The bill has yet to be acted on. Under the current law taxpayers would have to pay the salary for former House Representative Michael Madigan, former Representative Edward Kodatt, and their successor.