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.