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Despite a majority vote against them, Illinois lawmakers are getting raises for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Legislators voted this spring to keep pay and furlough days the same as last year, but attorneys say by law they can't do that.

So raises will be coming on August 1, 2014.

State Representative Mike Smiddy tells us he's donating his $3,100 to local charities.

"I'll let the other legislators make up their own mind on what they want to do. I just feel with the district that I represent, and with what is going on in Springfield with the different issues that we're having financially, I think it's only right for us to not receive the raise, and I'll give it back to my district."

The YWCA in Sterling-Rock Falls will be the first to receive the money.

Representative Smiddy says he's also looking into several area daycares that have seen reduced state funding.
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