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A Springfield medical group is requiring patients insured by the state to pay half of their expected surgery bills up front.

The State Journal-Register reports that the requirement from the Orthopedic Center of Illinois comes at a time when payments for the care of state workers, retirees and dependents insured through the State Employees' Group Insurance Program total $3.66 billion - and are overdue a year and a half or more.

Those delays have grown amid the lack of a permanent state budget.

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Organizations that help victims of domestic violence are about to stop receiving money from the Illinois state government.

That’s because there’s no full budget.

Individual domestic violence programs are getting some federal money, but they’re still figuring out what they will do without state support, like whether to borrow money until there’s a deal in Springfield.

Or whether to make cuts to the number of people they serve.

Vickie Smith is with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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Illinois legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are succeeding more at frustrating each other than at striking a deal to end an 18-month budget impasse that's damaging the state's fiscal health every day.

The relationship between ruling Democrats, Republican leaders, and Rauner has only grown more toxic after several meetings in recent weeks where both sides are more likely to lash out at each other than to report meaningful progress in passing a full budget. 

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Those who work for Illinois organizations that provide services to survivors of domestic violence say the fact there’s no funding for them in the state’s soon-to-expire spending plan was an unfortunate surprise.

 

The stopgap budget doesn’t have a line item for domestic violence programs, but directors say they thought they would be paid out of the Department of Human Services' budget.

 

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Illinois legislative leaders differed on the outcome of their latest meeting with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, but there was no budget agreement Saturday in Chicago.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says in comments distributed by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services that there was no budget discussion.

He says the group discussed cost-cutting workers' compensation changes and Rauner's Thursday veto of legislation providing $215 million to the Chicago Public Schools for a teachers' pension payment due in June.

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