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Northern Illinois University students will rally Thursday to bring attention to the state’s budget impasse.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is the keynote speaker at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation Dinner.

Before he takes the stage, students, staff, and other community leaders will be in the center of campus calling for awareness of cuts to MAP grants, social services, and the halt in construction of the Stevens Building.

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Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says cooperation and common sense in the General Assembly are the only solutions to the budget impasse. She stopped in Rockford Friday as part of her state-wide tour to talk about the state's financial troubles.

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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.

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