Comptroller: Illinois Will Fall $6.2B In Debt Without BudgetMunger said Tuesday that spending will outpace last year's rates by $1.2 billion, and factored in a $5 billion revenue drop from the rolled back temporary income tax increase.
Comptroller: State Budget Standoff Impacting Domestic Violence ProgramsIllinois State Comptroller urged Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly to resolve their difference over the still-stalled state budget, as she tried to call attention to domestic violence programs that have been suffering without state funding.
Federal Judge Blasts Illinois For Not Making All Ordered PaymentsU.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman broached the subject of holding the state in contempt of court. She ultimately ordered the Illinois state comptroller's office to determine within 48 hours which providers of service to developmentally disabled residents must be funded despite an ongoing budget impasse.
Comptroller: Illinois On Pace To Rack Up $5B DeficitMunger's office said Tuesday it doesn't have enough money to write timely checks to service providers even on court-ordered payments.
Judge: Illinois Can't Pay Workers In Full Without State BudgetThe stakes just got higher in the battle over the state budget. A Cook County judge has ruled that Illinois cannot keep paying its state employees their full salaries without a budget in place, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Attorney General Madigan Seeks Court Guidance On Illinois BillsAttorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a judge to clarify what state government is obligated to pay even though lawmakers and the governor have not approved a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
Attorney General Madigan Asks Judge To OK Payments Without State BudgetDemocrat Lisa Madigan announced Thursday that she has been working with Comptroller Leslie Munger to identify essential services that can be funded without appropriation authority from the General Assembly.
Comptroller Munger: Without Budget, State Payments To StopIllinois State Comptroller Leslie Munger told reporters Wednesday that if lawmakers can't agree on a budget before the start of the July 1 fiscal year, state workers will start missing paychecks July 15 and state vendors won't receive payments.
Rauner Orders State To Divert 'Fair Share' Fees From UnionsIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, dogged in attempts to eliminate fees paid to unions by workers who choose not to join, has instructed state agencies to divert money from nonunion employee paychecks away from organized labor until a judge settles the matter.
Quinn Appoints Top Aide Jerry Stermer As Topinka SuccessorGov. Pat Quinn has tapped his budget director, Jerry Stermer, as temporary successor to the late Judy Baar Topinka as state comptroller.
Quinn Calling For Special Session To Set Up Special Election For Topinka's SeatGov. Pat Quinn was moving to call a special session of the Illinois General Assembly next month to vote on legislation to set up a special election in 2016 for the Illinois State Comptroller's office.
Remembering Judy Baar Topinka: "Judy Had No Rival"The people who knew the late Judy Baar Topinka best were gathering Wednesday to share stories and celebrate her life, a week after the longtime Illinois politician died of complications from a stroke.