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University of Illinois employees won't see pay raises, at least until a state budget is finalized. 

Nearly a month into the new fiscal year, the university is still waiting to see the impact of budget negotiations.

Without a budget in place, President Timothy Killeen sent a letter to the campuses that says the U of I is temporarily deferring consideration of a salary program.   Usually, those pay increases kick in around the time classes start in August.  Killeen says the decision will impact all personnel.

Illinois is likely to enter August without a full-year budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which began July 1. The longer the impasse continues, the more the impact will be felt. 

Most Illinois residents may be busy with their summer and less focused on the state budget, since schools are expected to open on time. State workers also are getting paid.

Republican State Rep. Tim Butler says the ongoing fiscal fight will boil over in more ways:

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Accusations continue to swirl at the statehouse over who is at fault for the budget impasse. Gov. Bruce Rauner says House Speaker Madigan is the problem. 

Rauner, a Republican, accuses Madigan of wanting a government shutdown.

"I think the Speaker wants pressure, wants an impact now, before he'll do the right thing,” Rauner said. “He knows what should happen. Many members of his caucus know we should compromise and work this out. But they want an impact, they want people hit by these lack of a budget before they'll take action."

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Negotiations on a full year's budget appear to remain far apart, but it's up to Governor Bruce Rauner whether Illinois will make do with a downsized version for July. 

Democrats passed what they say is a one-month, bare-bones budget over Republicans' objections.

Including Gov. Rauner's, who had this to say about it last week:

"This is just getting to their four billion dollar whole one month at a time ... I don't support that bill. I do not, I will not sign, I don't support that bill."

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Rather than go on without any budget at all, the state Senate is poised to pass a one-month version.

Democrats already did that once, but they have to do it again because the measure now also covers state employee pay.

Democrats could also try to override the governor's veto of a full year's spending plan.

But Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says she wonders if enough legislators will show up.

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Illinois’s child welfare workers are getting caught up in the ongoing budget stalemate in Springfield.

While there’s no spending plan, a federal judge mandated Illinois government to keep funding child welfare. That’s including checking on allegations of child abuse or neglect.

Contractors have been told to keep doing that work at the same funding level.

In the meantime, the state’s Department of Children and Family Services is telling them to prepare for 10 percent cuts.

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Supporters of the Illinois State Museum told state legislators Monday about a slew of reasons why it should remain open, but it doesn't appear like anyone who will make the decision on its future was there to hear much of it. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner targeted the museum and its collections center. But advocates told lawmakers at a public hearing that shutting down the museum would open the door to lawsuits.

Rauner's Dept. of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal was the first to testify.

House Approves Temporary Budget; Senate OK Needed

Jul 9, 2015
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A stopgap Illinois budget padded with guaranteed state-employee paychecks for July has won House approval, but the change delays its delivery to the governor.  

The $2.3 billion plan that Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner opposes was endorsed 71-19 Thursday.

The previous version included just emergency expenses, so the current bill must return to the Senate for concurrence because of the pay provision. The Senate is not scheduled to convene until 4 p.m. next Tuesday.

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The new fiscal year began Wednesday, and Illinois has no new spending plan in place. It could be a while before there is one, but Illinois isn't alone.

Across the border in Wisconsin, lawmakers can't reach a spending deal.

Over on the east coast, North Carolina is in budgetary flux. Pennsylvania's negotiations are dragging on, and New Hampshire and Alabama are also facing similar issues.

National Conference of State Legislatures' fiscal analyst Arturo Perez says more states than usual have unfinished budgets.

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Northern Illinois University may not be directly affected by Illinois's lack of a budget -- not yet, at least.

NIU is not planning to take away student perks, but Capital Projects at the university, like construction for the Stevens Building, would be halted. About 100 other Capital Projects would also be affected.

Al Phillips is the NIU Vice President of Finance and Administration. He went to Springfield Wednesday to plead NIU's financial case, along with other representatives from other state schools.

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