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It’s the latest consequence of Illinois’ 20-month budget stalemate.

The money in question comes from taxes on gasoline, phone bills, and gambling. It's collected by the state and passed along to local governments — that is, unless the powers that be never agree on a budget.

“In my city, we had several — numerous projects that had to be stopped."

Mark Eckert, mayor of Belleville, describes the early day of the impasse, when Illinois fell months behind on the payments. He says that affected not only construction jobs.

Gov. Rauner's Third Budget Address, Annotated

Feb 15, 2017


Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his third budget address Wednesday to the Illinois General Assembly. Here is his speech in its entirety, plus analysis of some of his points by reporters specializing in Illinois politics. Thanks to Illinois Public Radio, WBEZ, NPR Illinois, and Chicago Tonight for their expertise.


About 200 students protested in the Illinois Capitol rotunda Wednesday.  They’re part of the Illinois Coalition to Invest in Higher Education.

The group wanted to show lawmakers the importance of funding colleges and universities, as well as MAP grants for students.  

One of the protestors was Kiasee Ray,  a freshman at Dominican University in River Forest. She says the MAP grant is the reason she's in college today.

State of Illinois

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says the way to settle the controversy over state-employee pay is to approve a state budget.

The Chicago Democrat spoke to the City Club of Chicago Monday. He urged support for a compromise budget plan that includes appropriations for worker pay.

He says the Senate will take up the package this week after failing to OK it in January.

Feuding between Legislative Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has prevented a budget agreement since July 2015.

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Top leaders in the Illinois Senate continue to negotiate on a "grand bargain" to end the state's budget standoff.

They left the Capitol on an 11-day break Thursday without voting on the proposals.

Senate President John Cullerton, a Democrat, is negotiating with his Republican counterpart.

He told his colleagues: When the session resumes next month, come back ready to vote.

"The problems we face are not going to disappear. In fact, they're going to get more difficult every day,” Cullerton said.