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Potential major problems in state budget standoff

Published:Monday | September 28, 2015 | 12:38 PM


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has warned of potential major problems at government facilities statewide related to the state budget stand-off, including the possibility that the electricity could be shut off at the Capitol.

Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican, and the Democrat-controlled Legislature have not agreed on a state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. While much state money is being spent through state laws and court orders, without a budget, there isn't authority to make other payments.

White sent Rauner a letter last week outlining issues related to missed payments, including his concerns that utility companies might shut off service at the Capitol and other facilities.

That includes bills owed to computer and software contract vendors, utility companies, a trash pick-up vendor, and the armoured truck company that picks up millions in cash each day from secretary of state facilities. White said many companies have threatened to shut off service, including the company that picks up state Capitol garbage, and end leases at other facilities statewide. In Illinois, the secretary of state oversees driver services, maintains state records; and runs security and maintenance at the Capitol.

"Unfortunately, my office is getting to the point where our bills are no longer being paid, and this will directly impact office services to the people," White wrote in the letter. "The situation has grown critical, and we are seeking a solution to this problem."

Rauner and White spoke last week, according to both offices.