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At least sixteen of Illinois' 97 public health departments have laid off employees or cut back service hours. More are expected unless the state comes through with funding.

It comes as flu season approaches, after regional outbreaks of Legionnaire's Disease and the mumps, and after the state announced that it will no longer pay for testing STD specimens. This means the local departments have to take on an additional cost.

President of the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators, Miriam Link-Mullison, says the fiscal situation is increasingly desperate.

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It’s a good time to catch up on paperwork for employees of state-run museums in Illinois. They’re closed to the public as the budget impasse continues, but employees are expected to show up for work. The mayor of Lockport is working behind the scenes to try to keep the Illinois State Museum art gallery in his town open. 

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Illinois Comptroller Republican Leslie Munger says the state is getting further behind in paying its bills because the governor and lawmakers have not agreed on a budget.

Munger criticized the reliance on court orders to mandate the state pay for certain services - like health care for low income people and foster care.

Governor Bruce Rauner won election on a campaign of lower income taxes - which has meant less money for the services the state’s still providing.

Munger will be addressing the issue at a news conference in Rockford Thursday morning.

Illinois’ top four legislative leaders used to hold marathon meetings with the governor to work out their differences. But that changed this year. The state’s top leaders haven’t met in months.

When is the last time House Speaker Michael Madigan met with Gov. Bruce Rauner?

"Last meeting with the governor? I don’t recall exactly when it was."

He said that Wednesday night. A few weeks earlier, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin on the same question:

“It was a month and a half ago."

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar has some advice for the man currently in the job – fellow Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Edgar says it might be time for Rauner to blink.

After more than five weeks working without a budget, Illinois leaders don't seem close to compromise. The two main players -- Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan -- both say they could work together to pass a budget, but …

Rauner says he won't compromise his five pro-business initiatives in his "Turnaround Agenda." Madigan, on the other hand, calls Rauner's positions "extreme."

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